The Philadelphia 76ers look to extend their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series to the limit when they host the top-seeded Miami Heat on Thursday for Game 6. Philadelphia, which hasn't reached the conference final since 2001, trails 3-2 after being trounced 120-85 on Tuesday. The Heat are aiming to get past the conference semifinals for the second time in three years. The teams split their previous two playoff meetings, with Miami winning a first-round series in 2011 in five games and the 76ers returning the favor seven years later.
Also hoping to force a decisive seventh game on Thursday are the Dallas Mavericks, who host the No. 1-seeded Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of their Western Conference semifinal matchup. Dallas lost the first two games on the road but battled back at home to even the series before suffering a 110-80 loss at Phoenix on Tuesday. Before making any NBA picks or parlays, be sure to check out the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Top NBA playoff picks
One of the top 2022 NBA playoff picks for Thursday the model recommends: Over 211.5 in the Suns vs. Mavericks game. Each team has finished with over 100 points in four of the first five games, and they've combined to eclipse this number three times. The Mavericks figure to improve after a horrendous shooting performance on Tuesday that saw them make only 27 of their 71 attempts from the floor and eight of 32 from beyond the arc.
Luka Doncic has been one of the top scorers in the postseason as he is third in the NBA with an average of 30.9 points. The 23-year-old Slovenian point guard led Dallas in Game 5 with 28 points and has recorded at least 24 in each of his eight playoff contests. Devin Booker is the Suns' top scorer with an average of 25.4 points and has registered 23 or more in six of his eight postseason games. The 25-year-old shooting guard has been shooting well from 3-point range, going 15-for-27 over his last four outings.
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