On Tuesday night, the Sixers and Heat meet for the first of two games between the two teams this week. Let’s get into our Sixers-Heat betting preview, including odds, boosts, and picks.
As COVID-19 cases around the league have led to calls for the NBA to shut down the season for a couple of weeks, the Sixers will likely take the court shorthanded for a third consecutive game.
Their opponents in this one will also be down a large number of key contributors. In fact, twelve players total will miss this contest due to health protocols including:
- Jimmy Butler
- Avery Bradley
- Udonis Haslem
- Kendrick Nunn
- Bam Adebayo
- Maurice Harkless
- KZ Okpala
- Goran Dragic
Meyers Leonard is listed as questionable with a left shoulder strain.
- Matisse Thybulle
- Vincent Poirier
- Shake Milton
- Tobias Harris
- Terrance Ferguson
Additonally, Seth Curry is out due to a positive COVID-19 test, while Furkan Korkmaz is out due to injury. Ben Simmons’ status is listed as probable.
On paper, regardless of Simmons’ status, Philadelphia should have a talent edge.
Sixers vs. Heat Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Heat at DraftKings Sportsbook:
- Spread: Sixers -8, Heat +8
- Moneyline: Sixers -335, Heat +270
- Total: 209.5