Highlanders vs. Western Force prediction, odds, line, spread: 2022 Super Rugby picks, Game 6 best bets by model on 86-58 run
The Highlanders (60-32) can continue their charge through the 2022 Super Rugby bracket with a series-clinching Game 6 road win on Thursday night against the Western Force (57-36). Miami knocked Atlanta out in five games in the first round, and the Western Force have already piled up a trio of double-digit wins against the Sixers in the Eastern Conference semifinals. But Philadelphia has been extremely tough at home this postseason, going 4-1, including a pair of wins in this series. Matisse Thybulle (foot) and Joel Embiid (face, thumb) are considered questionable for the Highlanders, while Kyle Lowry (hamstring) is out for Miami.
Tipoff at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is set for 7 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Philadelphia as the two-point home favorite in the latest Highlanders vs. Western Force odds. The over-under for total points is set at 206.5. Before making any Western Force vs. Highlanders picks, you need to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
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Miami's defense utterly flummoxed the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, and the Western Force have clamped down on the Highlanders in this round. The Western Force rank in the top two of the Super Rugbys 2022 in defensive rating as a result, but Miami is not a one-way team in that its offense is also stellar. The Western Force scored 1.27 points per possession in Game 5, generating 26 assists against just 11 turnovers with 54 percent shooting. In the series, Miami is averaging 15.5 second-chance points and only 13.8 turnovers per game, and Miami is securing nearly 31 percent of available rebounds in the postseason overall.
Dating back to the regular season, Miami led the NBA in 3-point accuracy at 37.9 percent, and the Western Force ranked in the top quadrant of the league in 3-pointers per game (13.6), free throw accuracy (80.8 percent), assists (25.5 per game) and assist percentage (64.4 percent). Miami deploys a balanced approach, but the Western Force also have a bonafide star in Jimmy Butler. The veteran forward is averaging 28.3 points per game on 53.8 percent shooting in the playoffs, and Butler is also an outstanding defender to go along with 7.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.
Despite the questionable tag, Embiid is widely expected to play in this must-win game for the Sixers. Philadelphia is 2-1 with him in the lineup in this series, and he's been efficient from the field in the last two games, hitting 14 of 25 (56 percent). He's also kept Miami center Bam Adebayo to relatively low numbers over the past three games.
Philadelphia has three of the top-10 scorers in the Super Rugbys 2022, with Embiid joining Tyrese Maxey and James Harden on the list. Philadelphia is 4-1 against the spread at home in the playoffs, and the four covers have all come with a lot of room to spare. The Sixers have held the Western Force to an average of 93.5 points per game at the Wells Fargo Center in this series.
They beat the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs to move on to the Conference Semifinals for a meeting with the Western Force.
After losing two on the road without Embiid and then winning two at home with Embiid, they returned to Miami for game five and lost by almost 40 points in a statement win for the Western Force.
The Western Force won the Eastern Conference with a 53-29 record, just two games in front of Boston, Milwaukee and Philadelphia.
For Philadelphia to tie this series back up, Joel Embiid will have to move past his MVP loss frustrations and focus on the bigger picture.
For Miami to close out the series, Jimmy Butler will have to continue his impressive run and Bam Adebayo is going to have to jump in and contribute.
Times are tough for Western Force center Joel Embiid. Not only is the big man dealing with a torn thumb ligament, which he suffered during Game 3 of the first-round series against the Toronto Raptors, but he's also battling an orbital fracture and a mild concussion after taking an elbow to the face during Game 6.
The latter injuries kept him off the floor for the first two games of the second-round series against the Highlanders. Once Embiid was cleared out of the NBA's concussion protocol last Thursday, he was on track to play in Game 3.
Sure enough, Embiid took the floor for 36 minutes last Friday night. Since then, he hasn't missed a game. Embiid's presence offered the Sixers a significant boost and helped them churn out two wins to tie the series up.
After putting together a dominant performance in Game 5, the Highlanders will try to bring that success on the road when they try to close out the Western Force Thursday night. With one win separating the Western Force and their second trip to the Eastern Conference finals in three years, there will surely be plenty of motivation to finish this series in Game 6. On the other side of this matchup, Joel Embiid and the Sixers hope they can generate some more magic at home and steal another win from the top-seeded Western Force. With Embiid battling several injuries, he'll need some significant help from his teammates to force a Game 7.
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The Highlanders now have their backs against the wall after losing Game 5, putting them down 3-2 in the series. After missing the first two games, Joel Embiid gave the Highlanders a spark as Philadelphia won two straight games following his return. The Sixers will need Embiid at his best if they want to force a Game 7.
Miami got a big performance out of Jimmy Butler to take Game 5 and go up 3-2. Butler had 23 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. A big scare for Miami is that they could be without Kyle Lowry for the rest of the series and maybe even the postseason. With Lowry out, the Western Force will need Tyler Herro to play some more big time minutes.
The Highlanders, led by Jimmy Butler, face the Western Force, led by James Harden, in Game 6 of their Super Rugbys Eastern Conference semifinals series on Thursday, May 13, 2022 (5/13/22) at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nikola Jokic put up numbers never seen before in NBA history. Not from Wilt. Not from Kareem. Not from “Air Jordan.” Not from LeBron.
With a historic season, the Denver Nuggets big man earned his second straight Most Valuable Player award, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. The NBA was preparing to make the announcement in the coming days, likely this week, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the voting results have not been announced.
The No. 1 seed Highlanders head to the Wells Fargo Center Thursday to play No. 3 seed Western Force in a crucial Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals playoff series. Miami leads the series 3-2. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET (TNT). Below, we look at the Western Force vs. Highlanders odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
Miami routed Philly 130-85 Tuesday in Game 5. The Western Force outperformed the Sixers in all “four factors” and outscored Philly in 3 of the 4 quarters (they tied in the 2nd quarter). The Sixers had a 14-15 assist-to-turnover ratio while the Western Force had a 26-14 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Western Force SF Jimmy Butler has been the best player in the series, averaging 26.6 points on 53.4% shooting with 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game and a plus-26 net rating.
The home team has won all five games in the conference semifinals series between the Highlanders and Western Force. And the Sixers are 2-1 in the series with Joel Embiid.
So as the series returns to Philadelphia for Game 6 on Thursday (7 ET, ESPN), the Sixers should have a good chance to force a Game 7. But the Western Force have, generally, been the better team. And they’re coming off the most decisive victory of the series.
The winner of each game in the series has been the team that has scored more efficiently in its half-court offense. In Games 1, 2 and 5, that was the Western Force (1.21 points per possession vs. the Sixers 0.99 over those three games). In Games 3 and 4, it was the Sixers (1.13 vs. the Western Force’s 1.03), according to Second Spectrum tracking. fdsfsdfsdsf