NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat Vs. Philadelphia 76ers

  • The Miami Heat have -110 odds to cover a 1.5-point spread on the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • Jimmy Butler is questionable for the game.

PHILADELPHIA – The backend of the NBA season continues on Monday Night with a powerhouse matchup in the Eastern Conference between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat are currently in first place in the east with a 47-24 record while the Sixers are 3.5 games behind at a 43-27 record.

The Heat have dominated the season series thus far having gone 2-1 against the Sixers in their three meetings this season. Most notably in their last meeting, the Heat routed them 99-82. However, although the Heat opened as slight favorites on online betting sites, their leading scorer, Jimmy Butler, is questionable for the game with an ankle injury that kept him out of their last game.

Butler though has not played in over a week as he recovers from this injury which could mean that he is on the cusp of returning. If Butler were to return tonight against Philly, the odds are sure to shift in favor of Miami with a larger spread.

Miami Heat Vs. Philadelphia 76ers Odds

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  • Moneyline: Heat (-120) vs. 76ers (+100)
  • Spread: Heat -1.5
  • Total: 215.5 Points

Finding Value On The Spread

With such a tight window on the spread and Butler trending in the right direction to play, Miami’s -110 odds on the 1.5-point spread offer slightly more value than their -120 moneyline NBA odds. The Heat have been one of the best teams against the spread this season at a 40-30-1 record and are winning their games by an average of 4.7 points. As for Philly, they have a 34-35-1 ATS record and have a negative cover margin of -1.0 points.

It is also worth noting that this game is the second of a back-to-back for the Sixers. Philly has struggled tremendously in this situation with a 3-5 ATS record averaging a -3.6-point losing margin. Miami, on the other hand, is going into this game off of two days rest and in games off of that much rest, they have gone 8-5 against the spread with a 12.2-point win margin and 7.6-point cover margin.

Miami is dominating the public betting splits for the game taking in 53% of bets on the spread. Betting sharps are also leaning on them to cover the spread at 84% of the betting handle.