Here is a rather simple structure explanation presented on this site. To quote, where 'pieces' refer to an organic molecular with a non-symmetric branching structure:
You’ll notice something – the simpler the pieces are, the easier they are to stack together, which provides a tighter fit with fewer spaces. Here, by putting a kink in the block, we make them harder to stack.
What’s this got to do with chemistry?
When compounds freeze, the process is a lot like stacking bricks. The more symmetrical the molecules are, the easier it will be and the fewer spaces there will be between the molecules. Fewer spaces = better stacking. Hence, when you compare hexane to its structural isomer, 2-methylpentane, hexane has a much higher melting point due to the regular arrangement of its structure.
Better stacking, higher melting point. Case closed. Right? Not quite.
It’s also about surface area [...]
It looks like as we increase branching, we’re increasing melting point and decreasing boiling point. What’s going on? [...]
Going from “branched” to “highly branched” makes a molecule more compact and sphere-like. As the surface area of the molecule decreases (remember that spheres have the lowest surface area/volume ratio of any shape) they will become more compact and thus easier to pack. This explains the melting point phenomenon [...]
Boiling point is related to the forces between molecules, which in the case of hydrocarbons is Van Der Waals interactions. If you’ve ever seen microscope images of a gecko’s feet – which allow it to climb walls – you’ll see that there is no adhesive but the pads contain a tremendous amount of surface area. It’s all about the Van der Waals interactions.
As we decrease surface area, we are going to decrease intermolecular Van Der Waals interaction and therefore decrease boiling point.
The summary relationships are presented as follows:
linear versus branched —> higher melting/boiling points due to better stacking and surface area contact.
highly branched vs. branched —> more sphere-like –> better stacking –> higher melting point
highly branched vs. branched —>more sphere-like – -> lower surface area —> lower boiling point.
The above connects boiling point to branching structure, and this paper "Hypothetical Thermodynamic Properties: The Boiling and Critical Temperatures of Polyethylene and Polytetrafluoroethylene" found here links BP to thermodynamics. Per the opening reference statement: "A lower heat of formation is equivalent to a higher thermodynamic stability".
This completes the argument as to why the heat of formation decreases for organic radicals with decreased size and degrees of branching.