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In Game 1 against the top-seeded Heat, the 76ers will be without the services of Joel Embiid. How should we bet this? Brian Matthews builds a bankroll-building parlay involving James Harden and Max Strus.

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Same-Game Parlay: Targeting James Harden and Max Strus

The Miami Heat are heavy favorites tonight in Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers, who will be without their biggest star, Joel Embiid.  Here is a bankroll builder I am running tonight.

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers SGP: +108 (Bet $100 to Win $108)

  • James Harden under 28.5 alt points
  • Max Strus 2+ 3pm
  • Miami Heat Moneyline

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James Harden Under 28.5 Alt Points

With Embiid out, James Harden will be asked again to step back into the role as primary scorer (it really wasn’t that long ago).  He has excelled throughout his career becoming known as one of the game’s best scorers, but recently, his game has been more pass-first, shoot-second.  Harden can still hang 30 on a team, but tonight, they get the Miami Heat. 

We all saw what Miami did to Trae Young in the opening series, and the Heat will look to do the exact same to Harden. The Heat are just too good defensively in my mind to let Harden score over 25 points without the threat of Embiid. Young averaged 15.4 points, five rebounds and six assists in the series. He had a field goal percentage of 31.9 percent and shot 18.4 percent from three-point range.

With Embiid out, I expect the Heat to stay aggressive with Harden and limit easy scoring opportunities.

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Max Strus 2+ 3-Pointers Made

Max Strus has been lights out from deep, and the DePaul product should continue to get his looks tonight.  Strus is averaging 7.5 three-point attempts over his last 10 games and has hit two or more three-pointers in nine of his last 10 games.  Volume, volume, volume.

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Without Embiid, I don’t see the Sixers having the firepower to come into Miami, against a very good defensive team, and leave with a win.

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Born in Southern California, Brian lives and breathes sports.  He comes from a football family, with a number of family members who played professionally.  While Brian didn’t play professionally, he took his insights and dominated off the field. In fact, during the 2021 NFL season, his bets and parlays returned a whopping 117.84 units. Specializing in data analysis, Brian takes a unique approach to his NFL, NBA, and MLB bets. You can find him on Twitter at @the_bmatt.


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