NBA Picks: Heat vs. 76ers

PJ Laferla

Saturday, February 23, 2013 1:53 PM GMT

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 1:53 PM GMT

The sizzling Miami Heat (38-14 SU, 13-13 ATS away) have now stretched its winning streak to nine games and tonight they will attempt to make it ten in a row when they visit the City of Brotherly Love.

The Heat will take on the struggling Philadelphia 76ers (22-30 SU, 15-14 ATS home), who are on a current three-game skid.

The Wells Fargo Center in South Philly will be the setting for this matchup, with tip off scheduled for 7:35 PM EST. If you are not in the area to catch the game live and in person, you can watch it on television as broadcast coverage will be provided by Sun Sports and Comcast SportsNet.

The Miami Heat have the advantage on the NBA odds board in this one, as they are listed as -7 ½ point favorites on the road, which makes sense given their stellar play as of late, but even more so they are 4-1 ATS in their last five matchups versus the 76ers when meeting up with them in Philadelphia.

Additionally, Miami has beaten Philadelphia 15 of its last 16 meetings SU, while LeBron James is shooting better than 51 percent and averaging more than 28 points scored in his career against the 76ers.

Besides their impressive SU winning streak, Miami is also punching winning tickets for us bettors, as they are 6-0 ATS in their last six games overall, which also includes a 4-0 ATS mark on the road.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia has some nice ATS numbers as well that a certainly worth a look.

Philly has covered the point spread in six straight games that follow an ATS loss, five straight when playing a team from the Southeast Division and seven of ten played at home.

Now, lets shift gears a bit and take a look at the over/under total, which is coming in at 184 ½ points.

Miami features an offense that owns the best shooting percentage in the NBA at 49.1, while averaging nearly 103 points per game (102.9), which is fifth best in the NBA. Defensively, they are giving up an average of 96 points per game to opponents, which is among the top ten best in the league.

Philadelphia owns a superb and stingy defense (95.3 average against) that is ranked 6 among 30 NBA teams, but their offense is atrocious at next to last in the league, scoring just 92 points per game.

That said, Miami is over five of their last seven games overall and 9 of 12 following a SU win; and Philadelphia is under in its last four versus Southeast Division opponent and seven of eight overall.

In head to head action, these two squads area under ten of their last twelve when meeting up in Philadelphia.

[gameodds]5/219098/43/us[/gameodds]

The Pick

Regardless of playing on the road, at home or on Mars for that matter, Miami is in a zone right now, steam-rolling opponents and running away with the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia will just be their latest victim as they push their winning streak to ten games tonight, while also covering the point spread.

NBA Pick: Take Miami -7 ½ for your NBA Picks.

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