The Miami Heat (26-30) begin the second half of the season in Philadelphia to take on the 76ers in their first game since the All-Star break. Philadelphia (37-21) will be without center Joel Embiid who has knee soreness. That could be a really big break for Miami, who we have learned will have access to Goran Dragic and Derrick Jones Jr. returning from injury, although it’s uncertain if either will play.
When: Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PN
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Win Probability: According the FiveThirtyEight the Heat have an 21% chance to win.
Philadelphia: Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris, Amir Johnson
Miami: Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters, Josh Richardson, Kelly Olynyk, Hassan Whiteside
76ers: Joel Embiid (Out)
Heat: Goran Dragic (Questionable), Derrick Jones Jr. (Questionable)
What To Watch For
Guarding Simmons + Redick
Now that the Heat are without Tyler Johnson, it leaves Miami with a difficulty in matching up with a team like this. Simmons, a 6-10 point guard will be guarded by a 6-6 Justise Winslow, that’s fine. But Redick will run circles around Waiters, and you don’t really want to switch Waiters onto Jimmy Butler. This could be a heavy minute load for someone like Rodney McGruder, but Miami needs offense to win. Spo has some planning to do here...maybe a zone at times.
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