Heat vs 76ers
Heat vs 76ers Live Stream: The Philadelphia 76ers haven’t lost a game since March 13, a franchise record-setting span of 17 consecutive victories including their playoff series opener against the Miami Heat. Will the Sixers continue their amazing run tonight when they host Game 2?
- Game Snapshot
- 701 Miami Heat vs. 702 Philadelphia 76ers
- Monday, April 16, 2018
- Wells Fargo Center at 8PM ET
- TV: TNT
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the 76ers are a 6.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 215.5 points. As of Monday morning, 83 percent of public bets are pouring in on host Philadelphia. Check out our NBA Public Betting Page for up-to-date information.
Heat vs 76ers Live Stream
The 76ers seemed to flummox Miami by going to small ball in Game 1, using Ersan Ilyasova at center. That helped Philly outscore the visitors 34-18 in the third quarter and continued the stellar play in the fourth by a count of 40-25, eventually winning in a 130-103 rout. Ilyasova totaled 17 points and 14 rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench.
JJ Redick scored a team-high 28 points, while Marco Belinelli totaled 25 off the bench. Ben Simmons was close to a triple-double with 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his first career playoff game. Dario Saric added 20 points, six boards and three assists as Philly received contributions from a number of players which has been a staple of their rise in the Eastern Conference despite Joel Embiid being sidelined with a broken orbital bone.
Only 43 of Miami’s 103 points in Game 1 were scored by its starters. Only point guard Goran Dragic played more than 30 minutes and he scored 15 points, but only shot 4-of-14 from the field. Taking away a 5-of-9 shooting performance from James Johnson, the other four Heat starters shot a combined 8-of-31.
Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra turned to the bench for much of the second half once the game began to slip away and while the reserves played better than the starters, it didn’t change much on the scoreboard. Kelly Olynyk scored a team-best 26 points to go with seven rebounds off the bench. If Miami doesn’t get a lot more production from its starting five in Game 2, a similar result could be in store.
The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last five games in Philadelphia. The under is 5-0 in the last five Miami games against teams with a winning percentage over .600. The under is 5-1 in the last six Sixers conference quarterfinals games.
Philadelphia: The over is 6-2 in the last eight meetings in Philadelphia. The under is 3-0-1 in the last four Sixers games on Monday. Philadelphia is 9-1 ATS in its last 10 games after a straight up win by 10 or more points.
Prediction: It is difficult to justify betting against the Sixers these days. A spread of -6.5 is reasonable and this has the look of a team not only playing with supreme confidence, but also one very motivated to keep this winning streak going as long as possible. I’m not sure how Miami manages to keep up with Philly in this environment on the road. Even if the Sixers go small even earlier into the contest, I doubt the Heat have the answer for it.
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he flip side of getting blown out in the opening game of an NBA playoff series is it creates the full menu of potential remedies.
So all the Miami Heat believe they need to do to offset Saturday’s 130-103 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers is to enter Monday’s Game 2 at Wells Fargo Center prepared to play stronger, harder, faster, better and, oh, smarter.
“We have to get into that dogfight a little bit more,” forward Josh Richardson said after Sunday’s practice at Temple University, “but we still have to use our brains better.”
And their brawn. “They won the rebounding battle, they won the turnover battle and sometimes it can be as simple as those things,” coach Erik Spoelstra said, emphasizing attitude as much as aptitude, going as far as to reference the need to control “the line of scrimmage.”
The lasting images of Game 1 are of J.J. Redick, Marco Belinelli, Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova celebrating the 76ers’ 18 3-pointers.
But when Spoelstra crunched his numbers, he found an alternate reality.
“Everybody remembers the tough catch-and-shoot jumpers that Redick and Belinelli and even Ilyasova, to some extent, were making,” Spoelstra said. “We have to try to do better with those.
“But the easy baskets, they also got, and those are the back-breakers, off of cuts, off of rip screens, cross screens, and the offensive rebounding. Basically 20 points off of that, 17 or 18 on cuts, and add another 20 plus off turnovers. It’s tough to overcome all of that.”
Essentially, even at this infancy of this best-of-seven opening-round series, Spoelstra said it is time to make a stand.
“The things we do well,” he said, “they have to feel those things more, just as we felt what Philly does well with their movement, their catch-and-shoot players. We felt every bit of what they do.” But Spoelstra also cautioned about the perceived weight of the moment.
“We’re not happy about the game, nor should we be, none of us, players or staff,” he said of the series opener. “But that’s one loss. We crawl out of this sitting with a one-point win and it’s all the same.”
Guard Goran Dragic said Saturday’s second-half collapse was a microcosm of the game, the inability to sustain even on a possession-by-possession basis.
“We need to run action with purpose, not just to have one pick-and-roll and then the ball stops,” he said. “We need to play both ways a little bit smarter.”
The video was telling. “We were letting them dictate everywhere they wanted to go,” Richardson said.
That, Dwyane Wade said, makes it about more than schematics.