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Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Basketball 2024 Betting Tips - Philly send Heat home to take a cold shower

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  • Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers expert tips for Thursday, 18th April
  • Tip-off is at 09:00 AM AEDT at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia 76ers expected to secure 7th seed in Eastern Conference Play-In
  • Teams have faced significant player injuries but show regained strength
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Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Play-In Basketball 2024
NBA Play-In Tournament

Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers NBA Basketball 2024 Betting Tips 


The Eastern Conference Play-In will tip off Thursday morning Australian time with the Philadelphia 76ers expected to get on top of Miami and secure the 7th seed and a first round series against the Knicks.

The 76ers looked like one of the NBA’s better teams early this season but when Joel Embiid went down injured their fortunes changed dramatically. The start big man sat out 43 games in total this season and the team missed him plummeting down the standings in his absence. Since his return they have regained their momentum and are back on track to take a deep post-season run.

Miami have themselves struggled with injuries this season with both starters and roles players in and out of the rotation putting a strain on the coaching staff and roster depth. They were able to secure a Play-In spot again this year and if anyone remembers just 12 months ago, Play-In/Off Miami are something else. Jimmy Butler will be primed to pick this franchise up and put it on his shoulders but will be met by some staunch opposition in the 76ers. 

My bet is that Philly will progress to take on the Knicks. The narrative is that the scores will be close for much of the match as it has been in all 4 regular season games this year but in the end will be a comfortable win for the 76ers.

  • The 76ers have won 2 straight regular season games against the Heat
  • Philadelphia are 9th in the NBA in Scoring Defence giving up only 111.5 points per game on average to their competitors
  • The Heat are 3rd in the league in Scoring Defence allowing only 108.4 points per game to their opposition
  • The Under has hit in 6 of the last 10 games between these teams

Head to Head 


2023-24 Match Results:
DateHomeScorevsScoreAway
Apr 24MIA105-109PHI
Mar 24PHI98-91MIA
Feb 24PHI104-109MIA
Dec 23MIA119-113PHI

2022-23 Season Series: 

Miami Heat Form


Miami come into this Play-In game having won 7 of their last 10 games but the only notable win came against the Knicks. The other 6 wins were against teams below them in the standings. 

The Heat though do have the roster to go far in the post-season, it is just about them peaking at the right time and staying injury free. They are one of the better defensive teams in the league and get even stingier come play-offs time.

Miami Heat Team News


Terry Rozier is out but Tyler Herro, Kevin Love and Duncan Robinson are all expected to play

Philadelphia 76ers Form


The 76ers are in red hot form coming into this game with 8 straight wins in their back pocket. One of those wins was against their Play-In opponents Miami back on the 4th April in a tight 109-105 victory. 

Joel Embiid is the key here and if he is healthy and on the court the 76ers are the better team. Nick Nurse has a number of defensive weapons he can throw at Jimmy Butler and the Heat to stave off their attack but will first need to make sure his star player is up to the task.

Philadelphia 76ers Team News


Robert Covington is still on the sidelines as is De’Anthony Melton. Joel Embiid and KJ Martin are listed as questionable but should both suit up for this Play-In game.

Verdict

Philadelphia are a much better team than 7th in the East and they will prove it with a win over the Heat. It will be a defensive battle and the scores will be close, i am backing the Under and for Tyrese Maxey to go Over his point total as he has in the last 3 games against Miami
Best Bet1: Philadelphia -5.5 Handicap Line @20/21 at TAB - 1 Unit
Best Bet2: Under 208.5 Game Total @11/12 at dabble - 1 Unit
Best Bet3: Maxey over 24.5 Player Points @6/7 at Justbet - 1 Unit
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Betting Slip | 17 Apr 2024

MIA Heat @ PHI 76ers