Philadelphia (31-19 SU, 22-27-1 ATS) will be playing in Miami (33-15 SU, 27-20-1 ATS) on the third game of a 4-game road trip. They lost the first two games to Atlanta 127-117 and to Boston 116-95. After the game against the Heat they finish the road trip against the Milwaukee Bucks who have the best record in the NBA as of this point of the season at 42-7.
The Sixers are just 8-9 since Dec 27th as they have struggled with injuries and poor shooting. Center Joel Embid was out with a hand injury and shooting guard Josh Richardson with a hamstring injury. During that time span they are just 2-9 both SU and ATS. Philadelphia hasn’t beaten a team with a winning record on the road since Dec 12th. Richardson is not expected to play tonight against the Heat.
Miami who has the third best home record in the NBA at 21-3 has been bolstered by the development and contributions of rookies Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro. The Heat have a 12-game lead in the Southeast Division over the Orlando Magic who they swept in a home and home last week.
The Heat have lost 2 of their last 3 at home losing to the Celtics and the Clippers in addition to the victory over the Magic. Miami sorely misses the defensive presence of Justise Winslow who has been out most of the season with a back injury.
This is the last of four meetings between these two teams. Miami currently holds a 2-1 advantage after winning the last matchup 117-116 on Dec 28th at American Airlines Arena. In that game Jimmy Butler had 25 points 9 rebounds and 9 assists to offset Joel Embid’s 35 points and 11 rebounds. This final game could ultimately determine who has the tie breaker in playoff seeding.
The Sixers are 9-17 SU and 10-16 ATS on the road this season and the Heat are 21-3 SU and 16-8 ATS at home so far this season.
Miami opened at -3.5 with a total of 213.