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GAME PREVIEW: Heat hit the road to face off against 76ers

James Harden and Joel Embiid will both sit out tonight.

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UPDATE

Both Joel Embiid and James Harden will sit out tonight.

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat (47-24) are back on the road to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (43-27) in a Monday matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight’s game will tip-off at 7:30pm, with the NBA recently changing the game time from its originally scheduled 7:00pm slot. The 76ers, who are third in the East and 3.5 games behind the No. 1 Heat in the standings, played last night at home in a disappointing 93-88 loss to the Toronto Raptors in which they blew a 16-point lead. Both Joel Embiid, who leads the NBA with a 29.8 scoring average but is dealing with back soreness, and James Harden started the game for the Sixers and will be sitting out tonight to rest.

Philadelphia’s offense initially looked unstoppable after acquiring Harden, but since he sat out their 99-82 road loss to the Heat two weeks ago the team has gone 4-4 including last night’s loss to Toronto. Jimmy Butler led the Heat with 21 points in their 99-82 win on March 6, while Embiid led the 76ers with 22 points. Miami also won the first matchup between the two teams 101-96 on Dec. 15, though the Sixers won 109-98 at the FTX Arena exactly one month later. A win tonight would give Miami the 3-1 advantage to close out the season series.

Victor Oladipo will sit out tonight with a lower back tightness, the third game he’s missed in their last four games. Gabe Vincent will also be out due to a bruised right big toe. Jimmy Butler is questionable with a sprained right ankle, as is Caleb Martin with a hyperextended left knee. Both players, as well as Vincent, traveled with the team. Kyle Guy is back with the Sioux Falls Skyforce while Javonte Smart has returned from his G-League assignment.

Eastern Conference Finals Schedule

GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME TV
GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME TV
Game 1 Tuesday, May 17 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 2 Thursday, May 19 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 3 Saturday, May 21 Miami @ Boston 8:30 p.m. ET ABC
Game 4 Monday, May 23 Miami @ Boston 8:30 p.m. ET ABC
Game 5* Wednesday, May 25 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 6* Friday, May 27 Miami @ Boston 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game 7* Sunday, May 29 Boston @ Miami 8:30 p.m. ET ESPN
Game Details

INACTIVE/INJURIES

MIAMI:

  • Kyle Guy: out (two-way)
  • Gabe Vincent: out (toe)
  • Caleb Martin: questionable (knee)
  • Jimmy Butler: questionable (ankle)
  • Victor Oladipo: out (back)

PHILADELPHIA:

  • Jaden Springer: out (groin)

ODDS:

  • Spread: Heat -1.5 (-115), 76ers +1.5 (-105)
  • O/U: 215.5 (-110)
  • Money line: Heat -125, 76ers +105

LINEUPS

Projected Starters

Celtics Position Heat
Celtics Position Heat
Marcus Smart PG Gabe Vincent
Jaylen Brown SG Max Strus
Grant Williams SF Jimmy Butler
Jayson Tatum PF PJ Tucker
Al Horford C Bam Adebayo

BROADCAST INFO

TV: Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass
RADIO: The Ticket 790AM & The HEAT Radio Network (Jason Jackson, Ruth Riley Hunter)
SPANISH RADIO: WAQI 710AM & The HEAT Spanish Radio Network (José Pañeda, Joe Pujala)

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