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GAME PREVIEW: Can Miami Heat snap Philadelphia 76ers 17-game winning streak to even their playoff series?

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Tonight’s playoff match will test the character of Heat players as they face the Sixers after a second-half meltdown in Philadelphia.

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

The Miami Heat finish their first two games of the playoffs on the road versus the Philadelphia 76ers before heading home to seek redemption in the first round of the 2018 NBA playoff series between the two teams.

Game Info

When: Monday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Where: Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia, PA

TV: TNT, Fox Sports Sun

Win Probabilities: Miami is a 6.5 point underdog via the ESPN pickcenter.

Probable Starters

76ers: Ben Simmons, JJ Reddick, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, Amir Johnson

Miami: Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, James Johnson, Hassan Whiteside

Injury Report

76ers: Joel Embiid (out, orbital face fracture), Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrat (out, knee)

Heat: Dion Waiters (Out, Ankle)

Preview

The Heat were behind 69-63 at the 4:06 mark of third period when coach Erik Spoelstra impulsively benched Whiteside for the remainder of the night. Without Whiteside in the game the 76ers turned a six-point edge into a 27-point rout at the final buzzer. Can the Heat’s big man step up and be the “force of nature” the team needs to advance to the second round of the playoffs? Read about some adjustments the team could make in tonight’s playoff battle versus the streaking 76ers.