NBA Playoffs 2018: Watch 76ers vs. Heat Game 3, series schedule, TV channel, online stream
What you need to know about the 3 vs. 6 matchup in the Eastern Conference as the series shifts to Miami
The Miami Heat were run off the floor in the second half of Game 1 of their first-round series against the Philadelphia 76ers, as the Sixers took Game 1 by 27 points. And after the first few minutes on Monday night, it looked like Game 2 would be more of the same. But Erik Spoelstra's squad regrouped, and used a huge second quarter to take control of the game. Dwyane Wade , pouring in 28 points, and coming up with multiple big plays down the stretch to put an end to the Sixers' comeback attempt.
When the final buzzer sounded, the Heat had a 113-103 victory. Now tied 1-1, the series shifts back to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday night. The big question, of course, is what will Joel Embiid's status be? The big man has cleared the concussion protocol, but it's still unclear if he'll be able to suit up by Thursday night. Obviously, adding him to the lineup would be a huge boost for the Sixers. Regardless of whether he plays or not, it will be interesting to see how the Sixers respond after facing adversity for the first time in over a month.
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)
How to watch Game 3
- Date: Thursday, April 19
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- Location: American Airlines Arena -- Miami, Florida
- TV: TNT
- Live stream: TNTDrama.com/WatchTNT or the WatchTNT app
Playoff series schedule:
- Game 1 in Philadelphia: 76ers 130, Heat 103 |
- Game 2 in Philadelphia: Heat 113, Sixers 103 |
- Game 3 in Miami: Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m. ET, TNT
- Game 4 in Miami: Saturday, April 21, 2:30 p.m. ET, TNT
- Game 5 in Philadelphia: TBD (if necessary)
- 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 a 62.6 percent chance to win the first round and a 47 percent chance to reach the conference finals. SportsLine will have game-by-game gambling advice for every playoff series here.
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