The No. 6 seed Miami Heat (1-3) go on the road to take on the No. 3 seed Philadelphia 76ers (3-1) on Tuesday at 8:00 PM ET. This is the 5th game between these two teams and the 76ers are winning the series, 3-1.
Philadelphia won their last game against the Miami Heat, 106 – 102; Simmons: 5th rookie with playoff triple-double. JJ Redick scored a team-high, twenty-four points, during their last game against the Heat. He made 8 of his 18 attempts from the field, for a 44.4% field goal percentage (6/6 from the line, 2/9 from three-point range). In 33 minutes, Redick collected twenty-four points, three assists, one rebound, three steals and two threes with 1 turnover.
Dwyane Wade dropped a team-high twenty-five points in their last game. He shot a 45.5% field goal percentage, making 10-of-22 (5/6 from the line). Wade finished with twenty-five points, one assist, three rebounds and three steals with 2 turnovers in 25 minutes.
The 76ers are one of the best teams in the league in defensive rebounds per game (#1), assists per game (#2) and offensive rebounds per game (#3). Their weakest areas are turnovers per game (#30), free throw percentage (#23) and three point percentage (#10).
The Heat are one of the best teams in the league in blocks per game (#6), defensive rebounds per game (#13) and three point percentage (#15). They struggle in points per game (#23), free throw percentage (#22) and offensive rebounds per game (#21).
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Joel Embiid is the top fantasy basketball player for the 76ers with a season average of 44.4 fantasy points per game. He has averaged 22.9 PTS, 11 REB, 3.2 AST, 0.6 STL and 1.8 BLK with 3.7 TO. Ben Simmons has an average of 42.22 fantasy points per game on the season. He’s averaging 15.8 PTS, 8.1 REB, 8.2 AST, 1.7 STL and 0.9 BLK with 3.4 TO for the 2017-2018 season.
Hassan Whiteside is the best player on the Heat team from a fantasy basketball perspective, with 34.68 fantasy points per game. He’s averaged 14 PTS, 11.4 REB, 1 AST, 0.7 STL, 1.7 BLK and 1.7 TO this season. Goran Dragic has 30.22 fantasy points per game. He’s averaged 17.3 PTS, 4.1 REB, 4.8 AST, 0.8 STL, 0.2 BLK and 2.2 TO on the season.
Miami has been outscored by Philadelphia by an astounding 42 points in just the fourth quarters through four games. Even in the Heat’s 113-103 Game 2 win at Philadelphia, the 76ers still outscored Miami 28-27 in the fourth quarter.
In a roundabout way, that Game 2 loss — which snapped Philadelphia’s 17-game winning streak — actually gave 76ers coach Brett Brown some much-needed locker room material heading into the game.
Everybody’s trying to break somebody’s spirit,” Brown said Monday. “It’s always the same thing. It happens on the other side of it. And I know (Spoelstra), who is a great coach, would be in his locker room saying, ‘All we got to do is win a game and come home.’
They’re going to live in a really isolated, sort of roomed-in world of, ‘Let’s just win a game. We won a game last time we were here, and just come home and figure it out.’ You can see it.”
Knowing his team can close out a hungry opponent on Tuesday, Brown isn’t changing his message too much.
My intention is not to speak anything into existence, Brown said. It’s all about trying help the team win. Like, we want to get better. We’re gonna. We’re going to go into Tuesday night and we’re going to get better. I believe that if we think like that, act like that, coach like that, then the habit becomes, I hope, we’re going to win.
J.J. Redick, no stranger to heated playoff series, echoed his coach’s thoughts on Monday.
In Game 4, Redick led the 76ers with 24 points en route to a 106-102 win in a game that Philadelphia trailed by four after three quarters.
You have to finish that. A team like Miami, their culture, their organization, their group of guys, they have fighters. They have warriors on their team. Every game in this series has been tough and there’s no indication that Game 5 will be different. It’s going to be a tough game.”