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Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat Preview & Picks – Underdog 76ers To Enjoy NBA Christmas Day Gift

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21 Dec 2023
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Leigh Copson 21 Dec 2023
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  • Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat picks for Monday, December 25
  • Matchup gets underway at 20:00 ET at Madison Square Garden
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    Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat Preview & Picks
  • Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat Preview & Picks
  • Head To Head
  • Philadelphia 76ers Form
  • Miami Heat Form

Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat Preview & Picks

Philadelphia are backed to win on the road in Miami.

The 76ers have been one of the NBA’s form teams in December, while Miami have suffered several home defeats already this season.

  • Philadelphia 76ers are 8-3 in their last 11 road games
  • Philadelphia 76ers have won 2 of their last 3 games in Miami
  • Miami Heat lost 3 home games between December 8-18

Head To Head

  • Miami Heat lead the all-time series 78-72
  • Miami Heat won 129-101 when the two teams last met on April 6

Philadelphia 76ers Form

Philadelphia have once again established themselves as a top contender in the Eastern Conference.

The 76ers issued an emphatic response to a season-opening defeat in Milwaukee, winning eight consecutive games to kick-start their campaign.

They cooled off in the second half of November, losing five times in nine games, but they rebounded in the lead up to Christmas.

Philadelphia began December with a defeat in Boston, only to respond with a six-game win streak that was eventually ended by a loss to Chicago on December 18.

The 76ers now face a Miami team who they have had mixed fortunes against in recent times, going 4-4 in the last eight meetings.

Miami Heat Form

Miami head into this Christmas Day game having made a mixed start to the season that has left them several games behind the early pace-setters in the Eastern Conference.

The Heat opened the season with a narrow win against Detroit, but saw their form quickly nose-dive.

They lost four consecutive games, including a couple of big conference meetings with Boston and Milwaukee.

Miami’s response was emphatic though, as a win over Washington sparked a seven-game win streak.

The Heat failed to keep that red-hot form going though, going on an inconsistent run of form since the defeat in Chicago on November 18.

Verdict

Philadelphia have been in good form in December and have a decent recent record in Miami, so we like the underdog 76ers in this one.

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