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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Miami Heat travel to the Wells Fargo Centre to battle the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 on Monday.
The Miami Heat took down the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors in the regular season finale to build up a bit of steam heading into the playoffs, but they fell flat on their faces in Saturday’s 130-103 loss to the 76ers in Game 1. Kelly Olynyk led the team in scoring with 26 points on nine of 13 shooting off the bench, Goran Dragic added 15 points with four assists while James Johnson chipped in with 13 points and four assists. As a team, the Heat shot 44 percent from the field and 12 of 26 from the three-point line as they jumped out to an early lead with 35 points in the first quarter, but they just couldn’t handle the 76ers in the second half where they were outscored by 74-43. Olynyk really was the only Heat player to have a good scoring night and their defense fell to bits once the 76ers started raining the threes in the second half.
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Meanwhile, no team has even been hotter going into the playoffs as the Philadelphia 76ers who have now won 17 games in a row following their 130-103 Game 1 win over the Heat on Sunday. JJ Redick led the team in scoring with 28 points on eight of 13 shooting, Ben Simmons added 17 points with nine rebounds and 14 assists while Dario Saric chipped in with 20 points. As a team, the 76ers shot 47 percent from the field but what got it done was their 16 of 28 shooting from the three-point line. Marco Belinelli was the real spark for the 76ers as he poured in 25 points off the bench to fuel the team in the second half where they poured in 74 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Heat are 18-9-2 ATS in their last 29 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. Meanwhile, the 76ers are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 home games and 1-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
It’s usually a good idea to not overreact to Game 1’s of series but the 76ers looked like they’re still running red-hot as they ran the Heat off the court in the second half on Saturday. I was worried that the 76ers’ youth and lack of playoff experience would hurt them, but they played great and looked focused in front a raucous home crowd. I’m expecting a much closer game, but I still like the 76ers to go ahead 2-0 in the series with a another win and cover at home where they are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 games.