NBA Playoffs 2011: NBA on TNT Features Heat-76ers, Mavericks-Trail Blazers

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJune 23, 2016

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 18:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks to drive around Thaddeus Young #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers during game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at American Airlines Arena on April 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat (No. 2 seed) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (No. 7 seed): Series, MIA (2-0)

The Heat will fly to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.

Miami has defeated the Sixers in the first two games by an average of 14.5 points.

Philly has failed to score 90 points or more in either game.

The Sixers held a 26-15 overall record at home during the regular season and will need all the points that they can get in order to defeat the Heat tonight.

Spread: Sixers are +5

Prediction: With the way Miami has played, it wouldn't be a surprise to see another blowout in tonight's battle. Take the Heat to cover the spread.

 

Dallas Mavericks (No. 3 seed) vs. Portland Trail Blazers (No. 6 seed): Series, DAL (2-0)

Dallas leads the series, collecting the first two wins. The Mavericks have held the Blazers to under 90 points in both games thus far.

The Mavericks tied for the best road record (28-13) during the regular season and have played spectacular throughout the first round.

Portland will look to pick up the pace in Game 3 and will be given 5.5 points in spread.

Spread: Blazers are +5.5

Prediction: Portland plays very well at home, holding a 30-11 home record during the regular season. If they can knock down their shots, they should be taken with the spread.