2018 NBA Playoffs: 76ers vs. Heat Game 4 score, series schedule, TV channel, online stream
What you need to know about the 3 vs. 6 matchup in the East as the series shifts back to Philly
The Heat may have lost their best shot in the series. They entered the fourth quarter in Game 4 with a lead over the 76ers, but their offense fell apart as Ben Simmons came alive. The rookie guard poured in a triple-double and Joel Embiid came up huge on the defensive end. Now, the Heat are going back to Philadelphia down 3-1.
The 76ers have a great chance to close out the series at home. They not only have momentum on their side, but they still managed to win despite playing sloppy ball for most of the game. However, they probably want to close this out in five. Philadelphia doesn't want to go back to Miami for a Game 6.
Here is everything you need to know about one of the East's most exciting matchups:
No. 3 Philadelphia 76ers (52-30) vs. No. 6 Miami Heat (44-38)
Playoff series schedule:
- Game 1 in Philadelphia: 76ers 130, Heat 103 |
- Game 2 in Philadelphia: Heat 113, Sixers 103 |
- Game 3 in Miami: 76ers 128, Heat 108
- Game 4 in Miami: 76ers 106, Heat 102
- Game 5 in Philadelphia: TBD
- Game 6 in Miami: TBD (if necessary)
- Game 7 in Philadelphia: TBD (if necessary)
Season series: Tied 2-2
Last season's playoff results: The 76ers are making their first playoff appearance since 2011-12; The Heat are making their first appearance since 2015-16
Injury report: Sixers center Joel Embiid will with an orbital fracture in his eye. Josh Richardson left the Heat's loss Monday to the Thunder with a knee injury, but he played 35 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday. Heat guard Dion Waiters is out for the season.
76ers win if ...
If the 76ers can carry their momentum from the regular season into the playoffs, then they're going to be a dangerous team in the playoffs. They finished the regular season on a 16 game win streak. Embiid, if healthy, and Simmons are one of the NBA's most dynamic duos. They have the third-best defense and fourth-best net rating in the NBA. They're an easy favorite.
Heat win if ...
The Heat haven't always been consistent, but their depth gives them a lot of versatility. Miami can gain an advantage if they control the pace, forcing Philadelphia to play slow, and use their bench as an advantage. A lot of teams shorten up their rotation in the playoffs. The Heat don't have to do that. They can adjust to whatever Philadelphia is running and counter that.
According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the 76ers have an 82.5 percent chance to win the first round and a 65.5 percent chance to reach the conference finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
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