Philadelphia 76ers versus Miami Heat Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 2-23-2013

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The 38-14 Miami Heat will travel to play the 22-30 Philadelphia 76ers in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Philadelphia is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by the NBA League Pass Channel.

The NBA odds from this game have the road team Miami Heat favored by -7 points with an over under line of 185 points. There has been no line movement since the odds came out a few hours ago.

The teams met four times last season with Miami winning all four games. The Heat covered three of the four games.

The Heat is 15-11 on the road this season. Miami wins their ninth straight game following an 86-67 road win to the Chicago Bulls as a -3 ½ point betting favorite. The total landed under 186 points. Miami held the Bulls to just 32 second half points. The team shot 50.7% from the floor along with 3 of 13 from three. They held the Bulls to just 37.3% shooting and forced 27 Chicago turnovers. LeBron James scored 6 points and 12 rebounds on 11 of 15 shooting. The Heat offensively rank in the top five in the league in the three important categories of points per game along with field goal and three point shooting. They are the best shooting team in the league hitting on 49.3% from the field.

Philadelphia is 16-13 straight up on their home court during the 2012-13 campaign. The 76ers will host Miami with a three game losing streak. They come off the All Star break with a 94-87 road defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday as a +3 ½ point underdog. The total landed under 186 points. The 76ers got in the hole by falling behind 56-41 at the half to the injury riddled Timberwolves. They shot just 38.3% from the floor and made 4 of 13 from three. Philadelphia was their own worst enemy by missing 11 of 32 free throws. The 76ers gave up just 40% shooting to Minnesota. Evan Turner had 17 points and 6 rebounds on 6 of 16 from the field. The 76ers for a long time have struggled on the offensive side of the basketball. They are in the lower third of the NBA in most of the key offensive categories. Philadelphia is 29th and second to last in the league in scoring offense by averaging just 92.2 points per game.