Both teams will be playing on back to back nights as the 31-44 Philadelphia 76ers travels to face the 59-16 Miami Heat in an NBA pro basketball game on Saturday night. Tip off time from Miami is scheduled for 7:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The odds from this NBA pro basketball game will be out on Saturday afternoon as Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen are all questionable with injuries.
This will be the fourth meeting of the season between the 76ers and Heat with Miami winning all three games. The 76ers covered the point spread in two of the three games.
Philadelphia has a road record of 9-27 straight up on the season. The 76ers win their four game in five tries after a 101-90 road victory on Friday night to the Atlanta Hawks as a +6 point road underdog. The game ended under 192 ½ points. The 76ers stormed out to the 40-26 lead after one period. They shot 46.2% from the floor and nailed 9 of 16 from three. Philadelphia have up 46.6% shooting to Atlanta and win because the 76ers had seven more rebounds. Evan Turner led Philadelphia with 24 points and 11 rebounds as he made 9 of 15 shots. The 76ers have put up good defensive numbers this season but the problem haunting the Doug Collins era at Philadelphia has been the offense. The team ranks 28th and third last in the NBA by putting up just 93 points a game. In the playoff chase the 76ers trails the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth seed in the Eastern conference by five games with just seven games remaining.
The Heat is 32-4 when playing at home on the current campaign. They win their third game in four tries after an 89-79 road victory at the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night as a -3 ½ point betting favorite. The game ended under 191 ½ points. Miami held the Bobcats to just 34 second half points in the win. They played without Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen. The team still shot 44.9% from the floor and connected on 13 of 33 three pointers. The Heat survived sloppy play with 21 turnovers by limiting Charlotte to just 31.8% shooting. Mike Miller led Miami with 26 points on 9 of 15 makes from the floor. The Heat is the top shooting team in the NBA by connecting on 49.6% of their shots. The team has clinched best record in the Eastern conference.