The Philadelphia 76ers lost the first two games played in the series and were in desperate need of a win in game 3 which was highly dependent on the return of their superstar center Joel Embiid who has been the backbone of the 76ers team. The Miami Heat team will look to get back from their woeful performance in game 4 while the 76ers team will look to even things up in the series.
The match starts at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, 8 May 2022. The game time by GMT is 12:00 a.m. on Monday, May 9. The match venue is Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA.
Betting tips and match predictions for the Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat (May 8) game are available in this article. The latest betting odds, key stats, team news, and projected starting lineups are previewed below.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat latest odds on betting sites
The Philadelphia 76ers money line odds are priced at 1.77 (-130 American; 10/13 Fractional), while the Miami Heat money line odds are priced at 2.10 (+110; 11/10). 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)
- Philadelphia 76ers -2.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
- Miami Heat +2.0: 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat match preview and statistics
The 76ers in the first two games of the series the 76ers were without their star center Joel Embiid and they struggled in his absence. Upon his arrival in game 3, the 76ers were able to match up with the Heat at full strength to get the much-needed dub in a game where Danny Green was the unsung hero co-leading the team with 21 points all from long range with a 7 of 9 shooting. Tyrese Maxey who also dropped 21 points shot 5 of 6 from downtown and added 6 assists and 2 steals.
Joel Embiid on his return to the starting lineup dropped 18 points, 11 rebounds double-double while James Harden followed up with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
Team statistics: 32/67 (47.8%) field goals, 16/33 (48.5%) 3 pointers, 19/22 (86.4%) free throws, 22 assists, 44 total rebounds, 6 steals, 3 blocks, 18 turnovers, 24 fouls.
Philadelphia 76ers news: Joel Embiid and Isiah Joe are listed as questionable for the game.
The Heat team did not thrive upon the introduction of Embiid to the series, they struggled from the field and from deep even though Kyle Lowry was back in the starting five, game 3 was a nightmare for the Heat team who has dominated the series until now. Jimmy Butler was the only positive in the game for the Miami Heat, he led the team with 33 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Tyler Herro from the bench followed with 14 points and 4 boards while Bam Adebayo added 9 points and 2 steals.
Max Strus also dropped 9 points and 3 steals in a game where the Heat starting five averaged 2 steals.
Team statistics: 27/77 (35.1%) field goals, 7/30 (23.3%) 3 pointers, 18/24 (75.0%) free throws, 14 assists, 25 total rebounds, 1 blocks, 11 steals, 11 turnovers, 22 fouls.
Miami Heat news: Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus are listed as questionable for the game.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat H2H
The last time they met in the playoffs was in the first round of the 2018 playoffs and the 76ers won the series 4-1. The Heat leads this series 2-1.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat lineups and key players
Philadelphia 76ers projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: James Harden
- Shooting guard: Tyrese Maxey
- Small forward: Danny Green
- Power forward: Tobias Harris
- Center: Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid is the key player to watch out for. He was out in games 1 and 2 and his return to the lineup greatly influenced the team’s performance on the offensive and defensive ends, he dropped 18 points in game 3. He gave the team the paint presence they lacked in the previous games and forced the Miami Heat to low percentage shots.
Miami Heat projected starting lineup:
- Point guard: Kyle Lowry
- Shooting guard: Max Strus
- Small forward: Jimmy Butler
- Power forward: P.J Tucker
- Center: Bam Adebayo
Jimmy Butler is the key player to watch out for. He dropped a team-high 33 points in game 3 and he’s the leading scorer for the Heat in this series with 23.3 ppg, with Embiid’s arrival, the Heat will rely on his shot-making and creation ability to prevent the 76ers from drawing level terms.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Miami Heat predictions and betting tips
The 76ers won game 3 by 20 points, they outperformed the Miami Heat and handed them their second-lowest point total of the season, with 79 total points scored by the Heat team. The Heat team were trying to get back in the game and were only trailing by 3 points heading into the 4th quarter, but the 76ers' 31-14 4th quarter rally was enough for them to secure the dub. The Heat team shot terribly in the game, they were 35.1% from the field and 23.3% from long range. If they are going to have any chance at winning game 3, their poor shooting must be addressed.
The Heat, unless they step up as a team and help Jimmy Butler in game 4 might meet the same fate as in game 3. Although Embiid didn’t necessarily have a spectacular game in game 3, we saw that he improves the general team performance and the team feeds off his energy. Without a Heat huge takeover, the 76ers are poised to win. Predictions for this game are the Philadelphia 76ers to win and over 207.5 points.
Betting prediction: Philadelphia 76ers to win
Odds: 1.77 (-130 American; 10/13 Fractional
Betting prediction: Over 207.5 points
Odds: 1.91 (-110 American; 10/11 Fractional)