Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat 5/2/2022 Spread Picks and Prediction
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat 5/2/2022 – One of the much-awaited battles in the NBA Eastern Conference is about to begin as the Philadelphia 76ers engage the Miami Heat in the second round of the NBA playoffs. Game 1 of this best-of-seven series happens this Monday, May 2 and it will be at the FTX Arena located in Miami, Florida. TNT has the television broadcast rights and their live coverage begins at exactly 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. NBA League Pass subscribers have the luxury of enjoying the game through an online live stream. The Philadelphia 76ers are the underdog picks according to NBA game odds against the resilient Miami Heat.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat 5/2/2022
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat 5/2/2022 Betting Odds
Philadelphia 76ers Betting
This is going to be a tough road for the Philadelphia 76ers as they may miss out on Joel Embiid’s services for the first two games of the series. James Harden needs to channel his MVP form once again to help the Sixers keep up with the Miami Heat or else this could be over very quickly. Tyrese Maxey has been stepping up for the Sixers and this player must be a force and elude the tight defense of the Miami Heat. Tobias Harris now has an extra job of filling in the hole that Embiid left and stepping up in the rebounding department. The bench of the Sixers must also make their presence felt against a deep team like the Miami Heat.
Players to watch: Joel Embiid C 6 GP 6 GS 39 MIN 26.2 PTS 2.2 OR 9.2 DR 11.3 REB 2.3 AST 0.3 STL 0.8 BLK 3.3 TO 3.7 PF 0.7 AST/TO 17.71 PER
Tyrese Maxey PG 6 GP 6 GS 42 MIN 21.3 PTS 0.5 OR 4.2 DR 4.7 REB 4.8 AST 0.7 STL 0.2 BLK 1.7 TO 2 PF 2.9 AST/TO 14.69 PER
James Harden SG 6 GP 6 GS 40.5 MIN 19 PTS 1 OR 4 DR 5 REB 10.2 AST 1 STL 1.2 BLK 3.5 TO 2.3 PF 2.9 AST/TO 15.93 PER
Miami Heat Betting
The Miami Heat smell blood especially since Joel Embiid is expected to miss the first two games of this best-of-seven series with the Philadelphia 76ers. Bam Adebayo should establish his presence in the paint and capitalize on Embiid’s absence while the guards and wing players gang up on James Harden. Tyrese Maxey is going to be a problem but veteran guard Kyle Lowry should be a tough matchup for him. Victor Oladipo has shown that he still has that all-star play in him and it will be interesting if he can channel that once again to help the Heat move forward.
Players to Watch: Jimmy Butler SF 4 GP 4 GS 37.3 MIN 30.5 PTS 2 OR 5.8 DR 7.8 REB 5.3 AST 2.8 STL 0.5 BLK 1.3 TO 0.8 PF 4.2 AST/TO 27.47 PER
Victor Oladipo SG 2 GP 1 GS 29.5 MIN 14.5 PTS 0.5 OR 4 DR 4.5 REB 3.5 AST 1.5 STL 0 BLK 1.5 TO 3.5 PF 2.3 AST/TO 11.51 PER
Max Strus SG 5 GP 5 GS 28.8 MIN 14 PTS 0.8 OR 2 DR 2.8 REB 2.2 AST 1.4 STL 0.2 BLK 1 TO 3 PF 2.2 AST/TO 11.55 PER
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat 5/2/2022 Betting Numbers
Philadelphia are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games.
Miami are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat Betting Picks
With no Joel Embiid, this is just an impossible task for the Philadelphia 76ers to overcome the Miami Heat in Game 1. The best online sportsbook gives the Heat the edge but don’t be surprised if a blowout happens.
Moneyline: The ML given to the Sixers if they pull off a Game 1 upset is at +145 while the Heat are -208.
ATS: A wide 4.5 points is between both teams across the spread with the Heat sitting on the -4.5 while the Sixers are at +4.5.
TOTALs: The total for this matchup is set at 207 points with the Heat going under while the Sixers are over.
Score Prediction: 105 – 96, Heat