The top-seeded Miami Heat attempt to book a spot in the conference finals for the second time in three seasons when they visit the Philadelphia 76ers for Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.. Miami, which reached the 2020 NBA Finals but was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last year, posted a 120-85 victory on Tuesday to take a 3-2 lead in the matchup. Philadelphia hopes to continue the series trend of home-team victories and keep alive its chances of advancing past the conference semifinals for the first time since 2001.
The other No. 1 seed also can advance Thursday as the Phoenix Suns visit the Dallas Mavericks for Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal series at 9:30 p.m. ET. Phoenix, which appeared in the NBA Finals last postseason after missing the playoffs for 10 straight years, are up 3-2 after rolling to a 110-80 triumph on Tuesday. The latest NBA odds from Caesars Sportsbook list both the Sixers and Suns at -2. Before making any NBA picks or parlays, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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Top NBA playoff picks
One of the top NBA playoff picks for Thursday the model recommends: Over 212 in the Suns vs. Mavericks game. The teams certainly are capable of exceeding this total as they’ve done so twice already in the series and equaled it in Game 4. They went over the number in two of their three regular-season meetings and fell three points shy of accomplishing the feat in the other.
Devin Booker leads the Suns with an average of 26.8 points this postseason and has recorded at least 23 in four of the first five games of this series. The team is hoping for Chris Paul to break out of his funk, however, as the 12-time All-Star has scored a total of 24 points over his last three outings after registering 28 in Game 2. Luka Doncic remained steady for Dallas on Tuesday, scoring 28 points, but the team shot a miserable 38 percent from the floor and was just 8-for-32 from beyond the arc, so it can only go up from there.
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