2022 NBA Playoffs: Heat vs 76ers Prediction and Odds
The Miami Heat will look to take one step closer to the title when they host the Philadelphia 76ers for an exciting Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Monday, 2nd May. Miami continued their dominance in Round 1 of the playoffs with a 4-1 victory over the Hawks.
The last game was enough to prove the strength of their defense that restricted the Hawks, resulting in a win even without the key players, Lowry and Butler. Bam Adebayo looked pumped up after his brilliant performance as he added 20 points and 11 rebounds to his name. He reflected on the win in the post-game conference:
“The biggest thing about this game was our defense.”
If Miami can rely on their defense, the Philadephia 76ers will be hoping their offense to go all guns blazing at the FTX Arena on Monday night. It took Philadelphia 6 games to defeat the Raptors in the first round. The Embiid-Harden pair shone once again, adding 55 points together in Game 6. The team coach Doc Rivers talked about the mighty Heat side after the last game. He said:
“They’re good, they’re deep, they’re veterans. We’ve got to go play grown men, and we’re looking forward to the challenge.”
The Heat had a long list of players missing the Friday game against the Hawks. But most of them are expected to make a comeback in the next big clash including Lowry and Butler. The 76ers are not having any new injury concerns ahead of the next round.
|SofaScore||Odds: 1.57||Odds: 2.55||Heat|
NBA Playoffs: Heat vs 76ers Prediction and Odds: Recent Form
The Miami Heat looked like one of the top contenders from the beginning of the current season. They finished their regular season at 53-29 as the table-toppers of the Eastern Conference. The Heat gave a crushing 4-1 series defeat to the Atlanta Hawks in Round 1 of the playoffs.
The Philadelphia 76ers had many highs and lows in the regular season. They finished at 51-31 in the fourth position of the Eastern Conference. The 76ers looked good to end Round 1 with a clean sweep but got two consecutive losses after taking a 3-0 lead. However, they bounced back strongly in Game 6 with a 132-97 win.
NBA Playoffs: Heat vs 76ers Prediction and Odds: Playoffs Rivalry
The upcoming Semifinal round will be the third meeting of these two sides in the NBA Playoffs. The Miami Heat won the series with a 4-1 margin win in 2011, while the Philadelphia 76ers ended the 2018 series with a 4-1 win. It will be interesting to see which side will be having an upper hand this time.
NBA Playoffs: Heat vs 76ers Prediction and Odds: Predicted Lineup
Miami Heat: Guard – Tyler Herro | Guard – Kyle Lowry | Forward- Jimmy Butler | Forward – PJ Tucker | Center – Bam Adebayo
Philadelphia 76ers: Guard – James Harden | Guard – Tyrese Maxey | Forward – Tobias Harris | Forward – Danny Green | Center – Joel Embiid
Heat vs 76ers Prediction: Players to Watch Out
|Position||Points Per Game||Steals Per Game||Rebounds Per Game|
|Jimmy Butler||Small Forward||30.5||2.8||7.8|
|Tyler Herro||Point Guard||12.8||1.0||3.8|
|Position||Rebounds Per Game||Steals Per Game||Turnovers Per Game|
|Player||Position||Points Per Game||Rebounds Per Game||Blocks Per Game|
|Tyrese Maxey||Point Guard||21.3||4.7||4.8|
|Position||Points Per Game||Assists Per Game||Blocks Per Game|
|James Harden||Shooting Guard||19.0||10.2||1.2|
Note: The above stats are from the 2021-22 postseason.
Heat vs 76ers: Predicted Winner
Miami will surely back their defense to dominate the 76ers on Monday. But they need all their key players to be fully fit before the big game. On the other hand, the Philadelphia boys need to a complete team effort to challenge the Heat in their own backyard. They cannot just depend on Embiid and Harden. Both these teams went 2-2 against each other in the regular season.
Fans can expect a pulsating battle when these two sides lock horns in the upcoming series. The prediction and betting platforms are giving an upper hand to the Miami Heat for this contest.