76ers look to bounce back at home against shorthanded Heat
Talk about an embarrassing performance by the 76ers against Memphis Monday night. Gross.
They were without Seth Curry and Joel Embiid and BOY did they miss their presence. Just when this team needs Tobias Harris to step up, he scores 12 points. That is just absurd. He has struggled greatly this season and people are finally starting to realize why some of fans want him out of Philly.
Miami is without a handful of players for Wednesday’s matchup, including Victor Oladipo, Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Markieff Morris and Caleb Martin. Tyler Herro is also listed as questionable. Both teams have similar records, Philadelphia sits at 15-13, and Miami is 16-12. Butler has not played a game since December 6th because of a tailbone contusion.
The Sixers are 12-5 when Embiid plays, and 3-8 when he doesn’t. Yikes. The big man is averaging just over 27 points and 12 rebounds in his last nine games. Tyrese Maxey had a nice game against Memphis, where he finished with 23 points. I absolutely love seeing Maxey dominate, and he should look to bring that energy to the floor every night.
Heat-76ers Odds from Parx Sportsbook
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|Miami Heat||+220||+7 (-110)||Over 205 (-112)|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-295||-7 (-110)||Under 210.5 (-110)|
It was just announced 76ers Georges Niang has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Furkan Korkmaz is questionable for tonight’s game with a non-COVID illness.
The Heat were on a two-game winning streak until the Cavaliers snapped that on Monday, where Miami lost 105-94. Tyler Herro had 24 points off the bench, and PJ Tucker had a season-high 23 points, 15 of those coming from three-point range. Tucker also recorded nine rebounds and five assists.
In their last seven games, the Heat are ranked seventh in offensive rating and ninth in defensive rating. Not too bad for a team missing two of their best players in Butler and Adebayo.
Tonight, the 76ers main focus needs to be on stopping Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson, who can get hot from three in a hurry. Robinson is shooting 33.6% beyond the arc this season, and Philly can’t let him get going or it’s going to be a long night.
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