Both the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers had troubles with the COVID-19 virus in the past few days. The Heat’s game against the Celtics was postponed, and at the moment, the majority of their players are out for tonight’s matchup.
Meanwhile, the 76ers played their events, but without key players suffered three losses in a row, ruining their 7-1 start. They, too, will have a few important guys out of the picture for this game.
Heat at 76ers Schedule
- Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- When: Tuesday, January 12, 7:00pm ET
- How to Watch: NBC Sports
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Miami Crippled With Absences
The Heat players are still in Boston, and by the time we started writing this article, they were stationed in a hotel where they arrived before the postponed match against the Celtics.
Several of their leading players are out due to health protocols, among them, Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk. Maurice Harkless, Avery Bradley, Udonis Haslem, Kendrick Nunn, and KZ Okpala are also on the same list. The only one who isn’t out due to COVID-19 is Mayers Leonard, with shoulder troubles.
This leaves the Heat with Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson as first attacking weapons, narrowing Spoelstra’s options. Just to add that if Heat loses one or two players more until tonight’s matchup, the match could be postponed.
76ers To Stop the Losing Skid
One by one, Brooklyn, Denver, and last night, Atlanta, defeated the 76ers, slowing down their quest towards the top of the Eastern Conference. Seth Curry’s COVID-19 infection triggered all the chaos in Philly, and since then, several players wouldn’t play due to safety protocols.
Against the Nuggets, Doc Rivers had seven guys at disposal (Embiid and Simmons were out injured), but there was one big gain in this event even though they lost. Tyrese Maxey dropped 39 points, and the rookie indicated that the 76ers got another big talent.
Embiid was back against the Hawks, dropping 24 points with 11 boards in 23 minutes, looking just fine, and it appears that Simmons could sort out his issues by tonight, meaning that the 76ers have a nice chance to clinch a win. However, nothing is certain yet because of the turbulent situation that creates numerous problems on a daily basis.
Heat vs 76ers Head to Head
During the previous season, the Heat and the 76ers played four times. Philly won the opening contests, 113-86, and after that, lost the next three, with the Heat scoring at least 108 points in all of them.
Heat at 76ers Pick and Prediction
The way things look, Philly should win this event. That is if the match happens in the first place. They are 3.5-point favorites, which is a bit surprising knowing that the guests are coming heavily handicapped with all the absences. They are without two of the best backcourt players (Butler, Dragic) and the only big guy (Adebayo) capable of delivering some points. Not to mention Adebayo’s influence on the defensive side of the floor, especially now when you have Embiid as an opponent.
Our Pick: 76ers -3.5