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NBA PLAYOFFS SECOND ROUND GAME 2 PREVIEW: Heat look for 2-0 series lead vs Sixers

The Miami Heat will look to hold serve at home in Game 2 vs the Sixers.

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game One Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

GAME STORY

The Miami Heat have another home game they need to win to hold serve and head Philadelphia with a 2-0 series lead before a potential return of Joel Embiid.

In Game 1, the Heat held the Sixers to 92 points. James Harden had 16 points and Miami was able to impose their will in the second half. In Game 2, the Heat will have to play even better with their shooting and with their ball control.

Miami shot poorly from the perimeter and coughed the ball up plenty of times. It was far from their best game. But the Sixers will come with adjustments and the Heat need to be ready. If the Heat are able to win Game 2, the Sixers would need to win 4 of 5 to win the series.

Tobias Harris is the biggest concern for the Heat from Game 1, but the Heat may also be content with him being the center of their offense. Look for the adjustments and enjoy the game!

The Heat will honor Tyler Herro tonight for winning the NBA’s 6th Man of the Year Award.

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 Lowry: out (hamstring)

PHILADELPHIA:

  • Joel Embiid: out (concussion)

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

ODDS

The odds can be found at DraftKings. The Heat are a -8 on the spread and the game as a 208 over/under the line. Personally, I would take the over on 208 as I think both teams will score more efficiently. It’s easy to place bets on DraftKings, click the link at the bottom to get started.

BROADCAST INFO

TV: TNT
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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