Sixers vs. Heat: How to watch, betting preview & predictions

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Philadelphia 76ers’ Tyrese Maxey reacts after blocking a dunk by Indiana Pacers’ Buddy Hield during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Philadelphia 76ers are South Beach bound this Christmas Day as they prepare to face off against the Miami Heat. What would normally be a quality matchup has an interesting wrinkle thrown in as both the Sixers and Heat will be missing their top stars.

Sixers vs. Heat Game Details

Who: Philadelphia 76ers (20-8) at Miami Heat (17-12)

When: 8:00 pm EST

Where: Kaseya Center, Miami, FL

Watch: ESPN

Sixers vs. Heat: betting info

Spread: Sixers +1.5 | Heat -1.5
Moneyline: Sixers -125 | Heat +105
Total: Over/Under 226.5

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Christmas Day Disappointment

Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler, right, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 27, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The NBA on Christmas Day strives to be among the best of sports holidays. Unfortunately for fans, both squads in today’s matchup will be shorthanded in a major way, as the Sixers will be without Joel Embiid while the Heat will be without Jimmy Butler.

What to Watch

Philadelphia 76ers guard Tyrese Maxey (0) drives to the basket as Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) defends, during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

For Philadelphia, the two major storylines will be Tyrese Maxey’s and Tobias Harris’s assertiveness. Without Joel Embiid in the lineup, expect the Sixers to play with significantly more pace and for them to look to get Tobias Harris started early to establish a sense of confidence.

To overcome a talented Miami team, the Sixers will need a serious offensive scoring punch from their defacto top duo, but the Heat will certainly not make things easy on them.

For Miami, the name of the game will be to slow down Philadelphia’s pace and bring the game to a grinding halt. Playing a two-man game through Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro will be key, but a stifling defense will be the deciding factor for the Heat.


Sixers 113 – Heat 108