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The Philadelphia 76ers are taking on the Miami Heat in Game 3 tonight. Will they be able to bounce back? Jason Radowitz previews the game and makes his selection.
ANALYSIS

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Miami Heat Prediction: How Will the Sixers Respond?

The Philadelphia 76ers are currently trailing the Miami Heat, 2-0 in the semifinals against the Miami Heat. The Heat took care of business at home and now it's Philadelphia's job to do the same.

The only problem is that there's still uncertainty around whether or not star center, Joel Embiid, will take the floor in Game 3.

With or without Embiid, will the 76ers get the home win to stay away from an 0-3 start? Here are our picks, predictions, and odds for Friday's game between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Heat vs. 76ers Start Time and Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: May 6, 2022
  • Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: ESPN

76ers vs. Heat Injury Report

76ers

Questionable: C Joel Embiid (Orbital)

Heat

Questionable: G Kyle Lowry (Hamstring)

Heat vs. 76ers Line Movement

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Prediction

The Miami Heat have defended their way to a 2-0 start against the Philadelphia 76ers. It's been a bit easier without Joel Embiid on the floor, but overall, the Heat have outplayed the Sixers by a wide margin early.

In Game 2, the 76ers shot just 26.7% from downtown and earned 10 fewer rebounds than the Heat. Philadelphia only turned the ball over 10 times but overall, the offense was still stagnant and the offense just ended up taking poor quality looks. The Heat aren't going to run and gun and like to slow things down. Even with just eight fast-break points, the Heat scored 119 points to put the 76ers away.

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The 76ers struggled to defend the Heat on the road, allowing the Heat to shoot 51.3% from the floor and 48.3% from deep on 29 shot attempts.

The 76ers traded for James Harden thinking he would be the next man up with Embiid. However, it's been Tyrese Maxey and Tobias Harris that are doing the most. The rest of the team is lacking production and Harden has been underwhelming in this series. He played 40 minutes in Game 2 and ended up scoring 20 points on 6-for-15 from the floor.

Meanwhile, the Heat had four players earn 18 or more points and two of those players came off the bench, including Victor Oladipo and Tyler Herro. It's obvious that the Miami Heat are much deeper than the 76ers.

If Embiid is back, the 76ers will present more challenges. But either way, the 76ers just don't have enough in the tank. It just goes to show you how good Embiid has been this year. But even his best isn't good enough when you don't have more than four players who can contribute with you.

Take the Heat to take care of business. This is where the 76ers take their big fat exit in the playoffs.

Miami Heat vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.

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