MIAMI — The Sixers are still considered the favorites to win their first-round playoff series with the Heat.
Even after the Heat won Game 2 in Philadelphia on Monday to tie the series at 1-1 and steal home-court advantage, the oddsmakers still believe the Sixers will be the team to advance to the second round. Bovada, an online sports book, currently has Miami at 11-to-5 and Philadelphia at 5-to-13 to win the series.
That keeps the Heat in the underdog role and the Sixers as the favorites. But Miami was an even bigger underdog when the playoffs started, as the Heat entered their seven-game series with the Sixers at 16-to-5 to advance past the first round of the playoffs.
Now that the Heat have home-court advantage, the Sixers need to win at least one game in Miami to win the series. Games 3, 4 and 6 (if necessary) will be played at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Sixers are favored by two points in Thursday’s Game 3, even though they will be the road team.