Update — Embiid is playing in Friday’s Game 3, and the Heat are getting Kyle Lowry back. This obviously will shift the lines, which were initially Heat -3 and 210 on the total. The total has only moved up to 210.5, but the spread line is now at a pick ‘em. This is a good opportunity for bettors to make some cash on the spread either way by taking an alternate line. The oddsmakers don’t know which way to lean, so taking a position could be advantageous here.
Miami has thoroughly dominated this series so far and pummeled Philly 119-103 on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead. Jimmy Butler provided 22 points and 12 assists while Bam Adebayo put up 23 points and nine rebounds. On the flip side, the Sixers are shooting just 26.7% from three. Tyrese Maxey dropped 34 points in the loss while James Harden offered 20 points and nine assists. MVP candidate Joel Emiid missed the first two games of the series and will once again be absent for Game 3.
Update — Joel Embiid (concussion) has been upgraded to doubtful to play in Game 3 vs. the Heat. There’s optimism Embiid could play, per reports. Keep an eye on this situation. It seems the Sixers are trying to rush Embiid back on the court. He’s already dealing with a thumb injury on top of coming back from the concussion. If Embiid does play, it’s unclear what type of impact he’ll have. He could be under a minutes limit. He could be in MVP form.
Miami enters the game as a three-point favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook. The total currently sits at 210.
Heat vs. 76ers, 7:00 p.m. ET
Pick ATS: Heat -3
This is blood in the water territory for the Heat as they have a chance to create a practically insurmountable lead on a hapless Sixers team without its MVP candidate. Hammer it with Miami tonight. The Heat outscored the Sixers by a 14-point margin in each of the first two games of the series and should still carry some of that edge heading into Philly territory to cover on the road.
Over/Under: Over 210
The Sixers may get a slight boost offensively from the energy of the home crowd, allowing them to get to at least 105 tonight. Take the over.
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