Philadelphia scored 74 points in the second half to pull away from Miami from a decisive victory. The 76ers will look to build on that momentum and take a 2-0 lead in the series against the Heat.
It is just over two years ago the Philadelphia 76ers won 10 games. In fact, prior to this season, the Sixers had won 54 total games in three years and this campaign they won 52 and ended up as the third seed in the Eastern Conference. Besides being young and going through all the losing, the Philly front office knew part of the maturation process meant adding veteran players. They did just that and brought in the 30+ club, adding J.J. Redick, Ersan Ilyasova and Marco Belinelli and all they did was score 70 of the Sixers 130 points in the 27-point drubbing of the Heat.
After being a 5.5-point favorite in the series opener, the NBA odds had Philadelphia at -6.5 just hours after the sportsbooks release. Do the 76ers keep building on the 17-game winning streak (11-5 ATS) and hot shooting or does the Heat find a way to cool the Sixers down?
It’s not like Miami coach Erik Spoelstra had not warned his team about the Philly’s “ready, fire, aim” offense. Watching coach Brett Brown’s club set an NBA-record for most consecutive wins to close the season should have been a large enough indicator. Plus, you just need a calculator, not an analytics department, to know this group of sharp-shooters was averaging 118.9 points per game over their past 13 contests before the playoffs. Forget to mention the last eight were also without leading scorer Joel Embiid.