The Philadelphia 76ers battled for about a half in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series without star Joel Embiid against the Heat, but Miami pulled away for an easy win. No Embiid again in Game 2 on Wednesday and the Heat are big home favorites.
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76ers vs. Heat Game 2 Information
- When: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: FTX Arena, Miami, FL
- TV: TNT
- Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic (76ers) / 790 AM The Ticket (Heat)
- Live Stream: NBA League Pass
- NBA Betting Odds: 76ers (+9) / Heat (-9)
Why Bet on the Philadelphia 76ers?
Without Embiid, the Sixers started Jordan, with whom they had a Defensive Rating of 117 during the regular season. Jordan, who at one point gave up a lob to Adebayo despite playing 15 feet off a pick-and-roll in drop coverage, finished -22. The team was not remotely successful at working around his diminished mobility and lack of versatility. Yet Jordan will start Game 2.
“We talked to our guys,” said Coach Doc Rivers after the loss. “They wanted a big roller and I thought in the second half, that’s how he has to play every night. Those first four or five minutes were great from him. That’s what we need. We love Paul (Reed), but we don’t need Paul in foul trouble and that’s why you don’t wanna start him.”
Tobias Harris led all scorers with 27 points on 11-for-18 shooting and had six rebounds. Harris’ scoring total was his most of the playoffs and most overall since Feb. 8. Tyrese Maxey added 19 points. He shot just 6-of-15 from the floor and 1-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden finished with 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting, running his streak of being held under 25 points to 11 straight playoff games, his longest since he was coming off the bench for the Thunder to start his career.
On Monday, 12 of Harden’s 13 field goal attempts were contested. He also was double-teamed nine times. He just isn’t quick any longer. Philly shot 6-of-34 from three (17.6%), the worst mark in postseason history in a game with at least 30 attempts. Just not a great team without Embiid but Philly can’t shoot that poorly again.
Why Bet on the Miami Heat?
Miami trailed Game 1 by a point at the half but would prevail 106-92 despite playing without starting point guard Kyle Lowry. He injured his hamstring in Game 3 of the first round and hasn’t taken the court since. Doesn’t seem likely that he will Wednesday as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said that while Lowry continues to make progress, it remains uncertain when he will be able to play in this series. Miami listed several other players as questionable for Game 1 but they all played.
As for Sixers star Joel Embiid, he sustained a concussion and orbital bone fracture during a collision with Raptors forward Pascal Siakam late in Philadelphia’s closeout win over Toronto in last Thursday’s Game 6. Embiid isn’t even in Miami so he’s out Game 2. He’ll need to clear concussion protocol and see a doctor about his fracture before returning to the court.
With no Embiid in the middle, Bam Adebayo took advantage for Miami. He had 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in Game 1. Essentially, Bam took advantage of poor play from DeAndre Jordan and the inexperience of Paul Reed.
Tyler Herro had a team-high 25 points and added seven assists off the bench. The NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Herro averaged just 12.8 points in the first round and attempted more than 12 field goals in a game once but was much more aggressive.
Jimmy Butler averaged a team-high 30.5 points against the Hawks in the First Round. His 30.5 scoring average was the fifth-highest during a single series in Heat postseason history. Butler is playing through a knee injury and had 15 points, nine rebounds and three assists in Game 1. Sharpshooter Duncan Robinson surprisingly didn’t play at all. Robinson had 27 points and eight three-pointers across 23 minutes in the Heat’s Game 1 win over Atlanta in the first round, but that’s the last time he was given substantial playing time this postseason.
76ers vs. Heat Betting Trends
- 76ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 76ers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a road underdog.
- The total went under in 5 of Philadelphia’s last 6 games.
- Heat are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Heat are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall.
- The total went under in 6 of Miami’s last 6 games.
76ers vs. Heat Expert Betting Prediction
Heat win but we’ll take all those points
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