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GAME PREVIEW: Heat host Sixers again in Miami

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The Miami Heat had a thrilling win last week over the Sixers, now they matchup with even more on the line for the Heat.

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat are facing the team that’s directly in front of them in the standings, the Philadelphia 76ers (35-28). The Heat need to win this game to have a realistic chance at catching the Sixers as the season winds down. With a loss, the Heat would fall to 4 behind the Sixers in the loss column and the Sixers would own the tie-breaker with 16 games remaining for the Heat.

It’s an important game for them. After a rough overtime loss to the Wizards, Miami returns back home. The Heat beat the Sixers in the closing moments last week after Dwyane Wade hit a game winner with just a few seconds left. Every time these teams have played it’s been exciting.

Game Info

When: Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun, NBALP
Win Probabilities: Miami has a 47% 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 (shoulder)
Heat: Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle)

What To Watch For

Embiid and Whiteside

The matchup will always center and focus around these two big men. It’s about time that Whiteside have a productive and dominant game against Embiid, who has been tough for the Heat to guard.

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