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Handicapper Matt McCuen is back with his second NBA bet for Tuesday night's playoffs. This time he has his eyes on the Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers matchup tipping off at 7:30 pm ET on TNT. See what his favorite player prop is for Game 5.
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Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Best Bet: Bank on This Expert's Jimmy Butler Player Prop for Game 5

Heat vs. 76ers Game 5 Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 10, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:30 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

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Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Game 5 Prediction

The Philadelphia 76ers will travel to south beach to take on the Miami Heat in a crucial game five. The Heat did what they were supposed to do at home, beating the short-handed 76ers. The Sixers were missing their star and the leagues scoring champion in Joel Embiid. Embiid returned for game three, and all the momentum shifted back to Philly. Philly won games three and four behind a fired-up crowd. They will be challenged tonight facing a hungry Miami team.

Jimmy Butler has been dominant in this series, including a huge game four. Butler did all he could for the Heat, but it just was not enough to get them a victory. The plot now thickens in game five tonight for both teams.

The Heat will be without former NBA champion Kyle Lowry tonight. The role players for the Heat have really struggled in the last two games, including the sixth man of the year Tyler Herro. Herro was outstanding in games one and two, but Philly had held him down in the last couple of games.

Joel Embiid will be the guy the Heat have to limit tonight as he will be playing this game with a lot of motivation. The league announced that Nikola Jokic will win MVP, which should motivate Embiid in this one. The Heat enter play as just a 2.5-point home favorite. 

We are going the prop route for this game tonight. I am taking Jimmy Butler on his total points under.

This can be seen as a scary play, but I see this play as a perfect buy-low spot. Butler scored forty points on Sunday in game four and thirty-three in game three. He scored just fifteen in game one and twenty-two in game two. The difference? The Heats role players. The role players on the Heat should play much better at home and see some shots fall.

Tyler Herro specifically should get going along with some sharpshooters in Gabe Vincent and Max Strus. Bam Adebayo is another guy the Heat need to get going early. The style Miami plays with they need role players to step up in order to win. They struggle to win games when it’s a one man show. Butler's game is not even score first, and I think he will look to get his guys involved more tonight and get more attention from the Philly defense. I love this fade spot tonight on Butler. 

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Matt McCuen is a native of Delco, PA. He has been working in the sports gambling industry and creating content for the last few years. He is an expert in numerous different sports, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and collegiate sports. You can follow Matt on Twitter at @DeadPresPicks.

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