The Philadelphia 76ers have gone from an NBA online sports betting joke to a solid contender with strong and focused front office leadership. General manager Bryan Colangelo has eliminated the fantasy sports style analytics nonsense that nearly ruined the franchise. The leadership of Colangelo has made the difference in a remarkable NBA turnaround. The Miami Heat have evolved into a defensively oriented team under head coach Erik Spoelstra. The change in style was a necessity after the end of the “Three Kings” era of glory that produced two world championships. The 76ers host the Heat on Friday.
Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Date and Time: Friday, February 2, 2018, 8 p.m. Eastern
Location: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Betting Online Odds at SBG:
Heat +4 (-110) 202 (-110) +150
76ers -4 (-110) 202 (-110) -170
Heat vs. 76ers TV Coverage: ESPN
The Miami Heat have an online sports betting record of 29-22 straight up and 24-24-3 against the spread. The best betting value for Miami has been on the road where their record is a highly impressive 18-10 against the spread. In their last six games against the spread the Heat have lost just one game against the spread. The under has hit in six out of Miami’s last seven games. On the road Miami has gone under the total in 18 out of 28 away games. Defense is the formula for the Heat’s success. The Miami offense ranks among the worst in the NBA at 28th overall but the defense ranks third best in the NBA. The Southeast Division race for the top has Miami and the Washington Wizards neck and neck.
The Philadelphia 76ers have a record of 24-24 straight up and 26-21-1 against the spread. The Wells Fargo Center has helped provide good betting value with the Sixers paying out in 13 out of 22 home games. There has been a recent drop in betting value for Philadelphia with four losses in their last six games. Under the total has hit in three out of Philly’s last five games. The 76ers take a different approach to success than Miami with an offense that ranks seventh in the NBA compared to a defense that ranks 20th in the NBA. Philadelphia has lost and failed to cover their last three games. Joel Embiid leads the Sixers with 23.8 points per game.
Team vs Team
The Heat have had the online sportsbook edge in this head to head series with Philly getting the money in just four out of the last ten meetings. The over has paid off in the last three meetings between Philadelphia and Miami. The Wells Fargo Center has proven to give the Sixer an edge against the Heat however. On their home court the Sixers have covered their last two games against the Heat. This series has had the over hit in four out of the last five games at Wells Fargo Center.
Matches to Watch
On their home court the Sixers have been a solid online sports betting value this season and against the Heat. With Joel Embiid and the superior offense the 76ers make a strong case.
Heat vs. 76ers NBA games Betting Odds Picks
The pick is the Philadelphia 76ers as Miami lacks the firepower to hang in this matchup.
NBA Betting Online Pick: Philadelphia 76ers -4.5
NBA Betting Online Score Prediction: 76ers 116, Heat 104
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