The Heat will look to bounce back after a bad loss two nights ago, and they get the perfect opponent to do just that. Let's analyze the available NBA betting odds for tonight.
Despite being without one of their starts for the long haul, the Heat remain the biggest favorite on the NBA betting odds for Monday night. At home against the tanking 76ers, Miami is laying 11 points.
If you think there's more value in taking a total play, the O/U is trading at 192 as of now. For what it's worth, the Heat and 76ers are ranked 28th and 30th respectively in points scored per game, though it should also be noted that Miami is hoping to push the tempo now that Goran Dragic has been brought on board.
The first game with Goran Dragic running the point did not go as planned for the Heat. They never got into a rhythm at home against the Pelicans and would go on to lose 105-91. What's even worse is New Orleans was without both Anthony Davis (shoulder) and Ryan Anderson (knee) for a large majority of the game after both had to leave with injuries, yet Miami still couldn't get the job done.
Dragic struggled in his Heat debut, scoring 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting while only handing out one assist in 33 minutes. There will be better times ahead, but it's clear Miami still has a long way to go in order to be considered one of the best in the Eastern Conference, regardless of how weak the East has been overall. Hassan Whiteside (11 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks) and Mario Chalmers (20 points) were bright spots in the loss to New Orleans, but the Heat looked disinterested on both ends of the court against the shorthanded Pelicans.
Let's see if Miami will redeem themselves against one of the worst teams in the NBA in Philadelphia tonight. All signs are pointing towards a big win for the Heat, even in spite of that lackluster effort two nights ago.
If it seems like the 76ers are endlessly in rebuilding mode, it's because they pretty much are. Not shy about compiling as much young talent and draft picks as possible, Philadelphia has once again called it quits on this season and will therefore an easy team to pick on the rest of the 2014/15 campaign. As of now, the 76ers own the second-worst record (12-43) in the NBA, behind only the New York Knicks.
The 76ers enter tonight having lost three in a row, topped off by last night's five-point defeat in Orlando. Philadelphia found some success offensively -- Robert Covington led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds -- but in the end they fell short once again. The 76ers are now a dreadful 5-23 on the road this season.
Having shipped off Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia looks like they'll be giving as many minutes to Covington and Nerlens Noel as they can handle. Meanwhile, Isaiah Canaan, brought over from Houston, appears to be the new starting point guard. It's also been good to see Jason Richardson return to the court after a two-year absence through injury.
With our NBA picks, we feel confident in taking the Heat. This seems like a great spot for them to bounce back after an awful showing against the Pelicans the other day.
The Heat need to keep winning games to get as high of a seed as possible in the Eastern Conference. At the other end of the spectrum, the 76ers could care less if they lose.
We like Miami to win big here at home and won't be scared off by the heaviest chalk of the night - side with the Heat to cash in this situation against a Philadelphia team playing on the tailend of a back-to-back. This one should end in a blowout.
NBA Pick: Miami Heat -11.5 at 5Dimes