The Philadelphia 76ers crumbled to the Miami Heat in game 1, as the Heat leads the series 1-0. The 76ers were without their Star Center who’s in the conversation for the season MVP Joel Embiid due to a fractured orbit in game 6 of round one of the playoffs against the Raptors. The 76ers head to the FTX Arena to get a game apiece and bring the series back to level terms while the Heat is looking to win their second home game.
The match starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, 4 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The match venue is FTX Arena, Miami, FL.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers (May 4) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers latest odds on betting sites
The Miami Heat money line odds are priced at 1.25 (-400 American; 1/4 Fractional), while the Philadelphia 76ers money line odds are priced at 4.20 (+320; 16/5). This equals approximate probabilities of 80% against 20% respectively.
- Over 207.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Under 207.5 points — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Miami Heat -8.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Philadelphia 76ers +8.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers match preview and statistics
The Heat team’s rebounding was key to them getting the dub in game 1, they took advantage of Joel Embiid’s absence and dominated the 76ers in the paint. Tyler Herro from the bench led the team in scoring with 25 points on 9 of 17 shooting from the field and 4 of 6 from long range and added 7 assists.
Bam Adebayo followed with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals while Jimmy Butler dropped 15 points and 9 boards.
Gabe Vincent and P.J Tucker both dropped 10 apiece.
Team statistics: 40/92 (43.5%) field goals, 9/36 (25.0%) 3 pointers, 17/18 (94.4%) free throws, 21 assists, 47 total rebounds, 2 blocks, 5 steals, 11 turnovers, 18 fouls.
Miami Heat team news: Kyle Lowry is ruled out for the match while Tyler Herro, Gabe Vincent, Caleb Martin, P.J Tucker, and Max Strus are listed as questionable for the game.
The 76ers struggled in game 1 without Joel Embiid. They only took the lead once all game and eventually fell to the Heat's 56 second-half points in the loss. The 76ers had only 3 players with double digits in points in game 1. This contributed to their loss, the whole team’s offence was poor. Tobias Harris led the team with 27 points, which he followed up with 6 rebounds and 1 block.
Tyrese Maxey was next in line with 19 points, and 2 assists while James Harden dropped 16 points, 9 boards and 5 assists.
Team statistics: 34/79 (43.0%) field goals, 6/34 (17.6%) 3 pointers, 18/20 (90.0%) free throws, 18 assists, 37 total rebounds, 4 steals, 6 blocks, 14 turnovers, 17 fouls.
Philadelphia 76ers news: Joel Embiid is ruled out for the match.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers H2H
The last time they met in the postseason was in the first round of the 2018 playoffs and the 76ers won the series 4-1. The Heat leads this series 1-0.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers lineups and key players
Miami Heat projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Gabe Vincent
- Shooting guard: Max Strus
- Small forward: Jimmy Butler
- Power forward: P.J Tucker
- Center: Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo is the key player to watch out for. He dropped 24 points and 12 rebounds double-double shooting 8 of 10 from the field. This series favours him as long as Embiid is out, he will continue to dominate in the paint and get more offensive rebounds. Unless the 76ers come up with a plan to stop him, the big man is sure to dominate again in game 2.
Philadelphia 76ers projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: James Harden
- Shooting guard: Tyrese Maxey
- Small forward: Danny Green
- Power forward: Tobias Harris
- Center: DeAndre Jordan
James Harden is the key player to watch out for. He wasn’t bad in game one, he scored 16 points from 5 of 13 shooting. If the 76ers are going to take the series to 1-1, they need James Harden to be great, they need him to attack the defense, get more to the free-throw line and make plays for his teammates.
Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers predictions and betting tips
The 76ers lost by double digits in game 1 and Joel Embiid’s absence was duly felt, they could not get enough offensive rebounds as they were outrebounded 47-37 and the rebounding battle was key to determining the game’s winner as both teams shot under 44.0% in a very poor 3-point shooting game for the 76ers; 17.6%. The 76ers couldn’t get much going for them, Embiid's contributions in both offensive and defensive ends couldn’t be made up for and if the 76ers are to get back in this series, James Harden needs to step up and be aggressive, take more shots and play more like his Houston’s version.
The Heat was without Kyle Lowry in game 1 yet they outclassed the 76ers with more bench points as they scored 42 points from the bench compared to the 76ers’ 19. The Heat shot poorly from long range at 25.0%, if this is improved on heading into game 2 and the 76ers are still without Joel Embiid to at least allow the 76ers to put up a fair fight, the Miami Heat are poised to take game 2. Predictions for this game are the Miami Heat to win and over 207.5 points.
Betting prediction: Miami Heat to win
Odds: 1.25 (-400 American; 1/4 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 207.5 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)