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Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers: Picks, Predictions, Odds and Player Props

Two teams who would have projected higher finishes prior to the season are set to battle in the Eastern Conference play-in as the No. 7 Philadelphia 76ers take on the No. 8 Miami Heat for a spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

The loser will get a second chance against the winner of the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, but both will want to avoid that win-or-go-home game and earn a spot in the final eight immediately. 

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers betting picks and predictions

Philadelphia 76ers -4.5

Philadelphia would not be in the play-in if Joel Embiid had not missed 43 games of the season through injury, that is a near-certainty. Philly were 31-8 in the matches their star man played and 16-27 without him, highlighting his importance to the side. 

Luckily for the 76ers, Embiid is back just in time for the postseason and should suit up against Miami for just the second time this term. He scored 29 points in his sole appearance against the Heat in the regular season and he should lead his team to a comfortable play-in victory on Wednesday night. 

Philly won the last two meetings between the pair, winning one of those by a convincing seven points, and should dismantle the inconsistent Heat in this clash. Erik Spoelstra's side have struggled all year despite making the NBA Finals last season, and could be in for trouble against a well-coached 76ers outfit. 

Nick Nurse led his underdog Toronto Raptors to the NBA Championship in 2019 and could be set to spring a surprise in the East with Philadelphia, so expect them to breeze past the Heat, who are missing key pieces Duncan Robinson and Josh Richardson, on Wednesday. 

Jimmy Butler Over 23.5 points

While the Heat may lose this tie, Jimmy Butler is unlikely to go down without a fight. Over the past few seasons the Miami star has proven his worth in playoff situations, dragging his team through games singlehandedly at times. 

Butler seems to thrive off pressure and without Robinson's ability to rack up points from deep and due to Tyler Herro's inconsistent shooting, it may be down to the forward to pick up the scoring slack once again. 

The former 76ers man endured a low-key end to the season, averaging just 17.7 points across his last 10 games - a figure over three points below his season average. However, Butler has a tendency to save himself for the playoffs and there is the feeling he may not have been going the whole hog in those final regular season outings. 

As a result of his low scoring towards the end of the campaign, his points line for this clash has been set at a modest 23.5. Butler cleared that number in 16 of his 22 postseason games last year, highlighting his ability to perform on the biggest stage, and he should have no issue in racking up a high scoring total in Philadelphia. 

Tyrese Maxey 25+ points milestone (+110)

When Maxey and Embiid played together the 76ers were 30-7 in the regular season and he could help lead Philly into the playoffs with a high-scoring performance. His line is set at 23.5 but he could make that appear extremely low and it could be worth looking at the milestone market at bigger odds. 

Maxey has averaged 26.1 points at home this term, 27.4 in his last 10 games and 27.3 in his four matches against the Heat throughout the season. Those numbers are promising and he should notch over 25 against Miami on Wednesday. 

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Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers odds

MIA Heat

+165 ML

PHI 76ers

-200 ML

Spread

PHI -4.5

Total

O/U 207

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers player props

Player Points

Joel Embiid

O/U 30.5

Tyrese Maxey

O/U 23.5

Jimmy Butler

O/U 23.5

Tyler Hero

O/U 19.5

Bam Adebayo

O/U 17.5

Tobias Harris

O/U 14.5

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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