Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat NBA Pick – Game 2

The NBA is set up with another strong slate of basketball on May 4. Two games are up on the board throughout Wednesday night. One of these games will be between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat. These two teams have been solid this season and will look for a big win in Game 2. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time on TNT.

Philadelphia has earned a record of 4-3 throughout this postseason after earning the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers dropped the first game of this series and will look to bounce back before the series shifts home. Philadelphia has been solid, but will remain without Joel Embiid in this one. The 76ers will look to step up early on the road though.

The Heat have put up a record of 5-1 so far this playoff run as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami was able to come out strong in Game 1 and have won three games in a row in the postseason. The Heat have been the better team this season and will look to take advantage with Embiid out. I expect Miami to try and get the home fans into this one early.

These two teams have been strong this postseason and will look for a pivotal win in Game 2. The 76ers are struggling as the injuries pile up, but will look for some players to step up. Miami will look to continue their dominance in the East. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win in this one.

Game Overview

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:

Teams Spread Money Line Total
Philadelphia 76ers +8 (-110) +320 Over 207 ½ (-110)
Miami Heat -8 (-110) -430 Under 207 ½ (-110)

 

Team Data Philadelphia 76ers Miami Heat
Playoff Record 4-3 5-1
Away/ Home Playoff Record 2-2 4-0
Playoff PPG 108.7 108.8
Playoff PPG Away/ Home 107.5 108.3
Playoff PAPG 103.6 96.5
Playoff PAPG Away/ Home 103.5 95.5

Betting Trends

Philadelphia 76ers

  • 41-47 ATS this season
  • 13-14 ATS as an underdog
  • 22-22 ATS in road games
  • 8-11 ATS against Southeast division
  • 4-3 ATS in Playoffs
  • 7-5 ATS after a loss by 10 or more points
  • 13-7 ATS after scoring 100 points or less
  • 23-26 ATS against team with winning record

Miami Heat

  • 50-36 ATS this season
  • 33-31 ATS as a favorite
  • 24-20 ATS in home games
  • 10-9 ATS against Atlantic division
  • 4-2 ATS in Playoffs
  • 20-10 ATS after allowing 100 points or less
  • 17-15 ATS after a win by 10 or more points
  • 29-20 ATS against team with a winning record

These two teams met up in Game 1 of this series on May 2. Tobias Harris put up 27 points for Philadelphia, but it was not enough. Tyler Herro scored 25 points off the bench, while Bam Adebayo added 24 points and 12 rebounds. Jimmy Butler dropped 15 points and 9 rebounds as the Heat were able to earn a 106-92 win.

Field Goal Shooting

The 76ers have been solid shooting the ball in the playoffs. Philadelphia has made 48 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the remaining field of 8. The 76ers have shot 37.4 percent from deep, which is 4th in the postseason. Philadelphia has drained 85.5 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 1st in the playoffs.

Miami has struggled a bit shooting the ball so far this postseason. The Heat have been shooting 46 percent from the field, which is 5th in the remaining field. Miami has made 32.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc, which is 8th in the playoffs. The Heat have sunk 80.6 percent of their shots from the charity stripe, which is 4th in the postseason.

Philadelphia has been a bit better shooting the ball in the playoffs and will look to step up in this one. The Heat have specialized on defense this season and have been strong in the postseason. Miami was able to slow down James Harden in Game 1 and will look to keep him off the board. If either team shoot well early, it could be enough for the win.

Top Performers

Tyrese Maxey has been strong in the playoffs and will need to step up with Embiid still out. Maxey has averaged 21 points per game in the postseason. Tobias Harris is averaging 19.1 points and 9 rebounds per game. James Harden has averaged 18.6 points and 9.4 assists per game. Danny Green rounds out the lineup, averaging 8.4 points per game.

Jimmy Butler has been the leader for Miami in the playoffs. Butler is averaging 27.4 points, 8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Tyler Herro has averaged 14.8 points off the bench. Bam Adebayo is averaging 14.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Max Strus has averaged 12.5 points, while Victor Oladipo is averaging 11.3 points per game.

These two teams have been led by their stars in the playoffs. Embiid has been great, but will remain out in Game 2. The Heat are missing Kyle Lowry as well though, which hurts their lineup. Philadelphia needs Harden to step up if they want to bounce back in this one. If either team can have some players step up early, it could be enough for the win.

Pick Overview

These two teams have been strong throughout this season and will look for a win in Game 2. The Heat were able to dominate Game 1 and I think they can do the same on Wednesday with Embiid out. Harden has not found traction in the postseason so far and if Butler can continue to lock him up, I think Miami can take this one. If the Heat can shoot better early as well, I think they can run away with this one.

Bovada has Miami listed as a -8 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Heat at home in this one. I think that this line could be even bigger with Philadelphia missing their best player. Miami has been great on defense and I think they can remain strong at home. I like the value on the Heat to cover this spread.

The Bet
Miami Heat -8
-110
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.

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