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GAME PREVIEW: Heat visit Sixers before All-Star break

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The Miami Heat desperately need a win to head into a 8-day break with All-Star weekend looming.

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat have lost 5 of their last 6 games and have one more matchup before an 8-day break over All-Star weekend. The Heat visit the Philadelphia 76ers on the back side of consecutive games after losing last night in Toronto to the Raptors, 115-112.

The Heat lost to the Sixes 103-97 on February 2 on the road. They were out scored by 16 in the third and trailed by as many as 26 points. They scored 20 more points than the Sixers in the 4th and still lost.

The Sixers have won 5 of 6 games and are now 29-25 and have passed the Heat in the standings.

Game Info

When: Friday, February 14 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 22% chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Probable Starters

Philadelphia: Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid
Miami: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

Sixers: Markelle Fultz (poor shooting form?)
Heat: Rodney McGruder (Out, Leg Fracture), Kelly Olynyk (Out, Shoulder), Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle)

What To Watch For

Who’s going to step up with Kelly Olynyk out?

Last time, Olynyk led Miami with 19 points. Who can step up? The Heat will need more out of James Johnson and Bam Adebayo to win this game. Justise Winslow continues to start at power forward despite struggling offensively. Someone besides Dragic needs to have themselves a game and hopefully do some damage in the paint.

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