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Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat

Justin Bales

We’re coming off of one of the worst beats I’ve had in recent memory for baseball. Bruce Zimmermann recorded 4 strikeouts through the first 3 innings of the game. He wasn’t able to cash over 4.5 strikeouts at plus odds, though. Still, we bet plus odds on a bet that there was clear value, as he ended the final 2 innings of his start without any strikeouts. If this bet were to be posted today, there would likely be odds on the over rather than the under this time. We’re shifting our focus to the NBA tonight, and I’ll be outlining my favorite bet for the Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat game tonight. 

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Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat

Philadelphia 76ers (+8) vs Miami Heat

This has been one of the weirdest NBA Playoffs in recent memory. There have been several blowouts, which seem to be occurring more than in the past. As is the case every year, teams are dealing with injuries, specifically to star players. 

The Philadelphia 76ers in specific have the deck stacked against them at this point. Doc Rivers continues to be one of the worst head coaches in the NBA, and there are hilarious memes going around social media about his inability to create plays during timeouts. Joel Embiid suffered a thumb injury before fracturing his orbital bone and suffering a concussion, meaning the MVP candidate isn’t there to bail the team out from a lack of coaching. Finally, the James Harden trade is starting to look questionable, as he hasn’t been the player that he’s been in the past. 

With all of this going against Philadelphia, why are we still betting on the 76ers? 

The answer is relatively simple. Situationally, they’re essentially playing in a must-win game. They’re down 0-1 to the Miami Heat, losing by 14 in the first game of the series. Even with Embiid likely to return in Game 3, the Sixers can’t afford to start the series in an 0-2 hole. 

Even without their star center, Philadelphia has three players that have flashed the ability to take over games in the past. James Harden, Tyrese Maxey, and Tobias Harris can score points in a hurry. This trio will need to step up, specifically Harden, who posted only 16 points with 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the first game of the series. 

On the other side, Miami’s also struggling with some injuries. Kyle Lowry’s already been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Tyler Herro, Gabe Vincent, Max Strus, Caleb Martin, and PJ Tucker are all questionable tonight. Although all of them are expected to play, they’re each dealing with some type of injury. 

Keep in mind, I don’t necessarily believe Philadelphia will win this game and stay out of the 0-2 hole. I believe they’re a live dog with a massive need to find a win, though. The bigger part is that they should be able to keep the game close until the end. They’re getting nearly double-digit points, which is enough for me to back the Embiid-less Sixers tonight. 

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