Heat Seeking Missiles off Target
After the Miami Heat won the first two games of the series, many bettors had written off the Philadelphia 76ers. Don’t look now, but this series is tied at 2-2 and a spot in the Eastern Conference is up for grabs.
Returning home could be the catalyst for the Heat, who will have to contend with Joel Embiid and a suddenly-confident James Harden.
NBA betting odds have the Heat favored to win in what has been an extremely competitive series.
76ers Rolling with Momentum
We patiently waited for James Harden to catch fire and he finally appeared in Game Four with a 31-point performance.
The enigmatic star had a slow start and was benched early with two fouls and no points, but he quickly made up for the lost time.
Harden was the difference between the 76ers winning and losing, so he’s going to need to repeat the effort on the road.
The sportsbook might have the 76ers listed as underdogs, but if Harden’s confidence levels stay high, they’re a force to be reckoned with.
“It’s just James being James,” coach Doc Rivers told ESPN. “I felt like he was going to have a big game tonight. You can just sense it.”
If Harden is serious about winning his first NBA Championship, he’ll need to be at his best in Game Five.
Momentum is a big thing in the NBA but winning on the road has proven problematic. Remember, the first two games were without Embiid, who has a mammoth impact.
With Embiid taking up space in the paint, it allows the likes of Harden and Tyrese Maxey space on the outside.
Bettors get the 76ers at +3 for Tuesday’s game, which is lower than we expected, so bookmakers are giving them respect.
Heat Needing to Regroup
Everything was falling into place for the Miami Heat, but even with Jimmy Butler scoring 40 points on Sunday, it wasn’t enough.
The series is now tied at 2-2 and all the pressure is on the Heat to remain unbeaten at home and take the all-important 3-2 advantage.
It’s no time to panic as the Heat have a quality lineup, but bettors would love to see more aggression from Bam Adebayo, who scored 21 points in Game Four but didn’t have much of a defensive impact.
There is some trepidation with NBA odds as we thought the line would be around -5½. That’s concerning for Heat bettors, but they have been one of the best teams in the conference all year and consecutive losses shouldn’t rock their foundations.
76ers vs Heat Head-to-Head
After failing to win consecutive games in the regular season, the Miami Heat and now the Philadelphia 76ers have won back-to-back.
It’s a 4-4 tie for the season, so there is nothing splitting them.
76ers vs Heat Game Information
- Game: 76ers (51-31) vs Heat (53-29)
- Location: FTX Arena
- Day/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 p.m. ET
- 76ers vs Heat Live stream: NBA Game Pass
76ers vs Heat Betting Lines
76ers vs Heat Prediction
It’s easy to jump on the Philadelphia 76ers’ bandwagon, but we’re going with the Miami Heat to cover the spread.
They might be coming off back-to-back losses, but this team is too classy to let that bother them. They also get home-court advantage, so there are plenty of things in their favor.
We think the line could move to around -4½, so it’s worth looking into, and betting online markets could take a lot of action for the home side.