Philadelphia 76ers (52-30) vs Miami Heat (44-38)Date : 04/21/2018
Time : 2:30 PM ET
Location : American Airlines Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat
The Miami Heat will face off against the 76ers for the second time as they try to the even the series up at 2 games apiece but with this time they will have to face a 76ers squad who has Emiid who is improving every single day. As for the 76ers, they will have to stick to their gameplan and hope to steal yet another game for a chance to close out this series at home.
Philadelphia 76ers's Latest Performance :
All the attention was shifted to Joel Emiid’s return to the line up for the 76ers and how he would perform playing with a mask on in only 30 minutes he was able to put up 23 points and 7 rebounds, as he bullied players on the low block, with Joel contribution in his first ever playoff game it helped the 76ers immensely because that what they were missing in game number 2. With Joel’s presence on the floor, he is able to create havoc for the Miami Heat team something they did not have to deal with the first two games blocking Winslow in the fourth leading to an easy JJ Reddick fast-break layup. Eventually being the closer that he is hitting two straight shots to ice the game. The Heat had no answer for him tonight.
Numbers never lie, in the first 3 games Whiteside supposedly to be the player to stop Joel had only 11 points 12 rebounds and 4 blocks, Joel, on the other hand, dropped 23 points and 7 rebounds with 3 blocks in his first game back.
Ben Simmons has been consistent throughout this first round, the pace of the game tends to slow down when Emiid is on the floor with him but it also allows Ben the freedom on the floor because Joel attracts so much attention as he dropped 19 points 12 rebounds 7 assists another near triple-double. He had angles to pass the ball to his teammates and fed Emiid down low everytime he had a mismatch.
In this game, they were managed to shut down Wade where he had only 8 points compared to the 28 points in the second this was one of the keys to victory that I mentioned in my previous prediction.
Player to Watch: Joel Emiid, the Heat will be ready for him this time around with a game plan trying to contain him, as time progress Joel will get better and better, he will do everything for his team to steal another game in Miami and potentially close the game out at home.
Miami Heat's Latest Performance :
The Heat was caught by surprise when they found out that Joel Emiid was returning to the lineup, the Miami Heat are coming off an impressive win where they stole game 2 from the 76ers where Wade blew up for 28 points but tonight he only had 8 points after a rough shooting night.
Goran Dragic is the team catalyst for the Heat offense, he always gets a quick start to the game scoring in double digits early then tend to fade away in the second half because no one on the Heat team usually steps up tonight Dragic has 23 points and 8 assist with 12 quick points in the first. Whiteside who was carrying the scoring load alongside Dragic is currently missing, again playoffs are all about matchups.
Justice Winslow had an impressive first half scoring 19 points with 4 threes but was scoreless in the 2nd half, this is the perfect definition of why Wade has been a superstar in the league for many years is because his abilities to find other ways to score the ball after the adjustment was made during halftime by the 76ers that adjustment prove to be very effective.
Hassan Whiteside is nowhere to be seen in this series simply because he can’t keep up with the pace of the game with only 13 mins scoring only 5 points playing at home, this game was a chance for him to really step up to show that he has arrived and should have dominated Emiid but it was the complete opposite for the Heat big men as I stated after the game one lost Eric Spoelstra should consider starting Kelly over Whiteside to match with the pace.
Player to Watch: Kelly Olynyk, for the Heat to have a chance to even the series he will have to rediscover his shooting touch and duplicate his heroic performance against the Wizard in game 7 where he dropped 26 points and scoring 14 in the 4th because right now the Miami team are lacking a closer.
How Philadelphia 76ers & Miami Heat Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
The Heat is 39-25 ATS in the second half of the season over the last 2 seasons.
The 76ers are 47-34 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record over the last 2 seasons.
Against The Spread Selection: Philadelphia 76ers
My reason for the pick :
Philadelphia should be able to transfer the game 3 performance into game 4, look for Joel Emiid to dominate, the Heat will put everything on the line but their efforts would not be enough as the 76ers should take a convincing win as they head back to Philadelphia.
Betting trends for Philadelphia 76ers:
- The 76ers are 17-1 in its last 18 games.
Betting trends for Miami Heat:
- The Heat is 10-2 in its last 12 games at home.