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No Joel Embiid in Sixers vs Heat Game 1

14 Avril 2018

The match up is one of the better first round draws in the National Basketball Association, with the surging Heat and streaking Sixers two of the NBA's hottest teams. The extent of their improvement can be fathomed by the fact that prior to this campaign; Philadelphia had only won 56 games in total in the last three regular seasons.

Embiid averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 blocks this season. His game is not 100 percent back to his college form; however, with six games left against teams with an average winning percentage of 422, the lack of competition could surely help the young point guard round into form come time for the playoffs.

1 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was pegged to be one of the league's hottest stars but injuries sidelined him for much of the season.

The Sixers open their first postseason since 2012 by hosting the Heat on Saturday. It may be a while before he produces on the level of teammate Ben Simmons or Utah's Donovan Mitchell, but Fultz is just 19 years old.

Many people believe that the 76ers earned the best draw of any playoff team in the Eastern Conference.

2018 NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics vs. Milwaukee Bucks series preview (read here): Josh Cornelissen over at Hoops Habit delved into the positional battles, the biggest questions and more in his preview of the Bucks' playoff series with the Boston Celtics. As it has been with those eight games, expect Amir Johnson to start in Embiid's place with Richaun Holmes getting backup minutes off the bench. The series shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday and Game 4 on April 21. They finished the regular season on a 16 game win streak. Take the Heat to cover the spread on the road in Philly on Saturday night. The Heat, on the other hand, have 1.2 percent chance to win the conference and a 0.5 percent chance to win the Finals. "To try to overthink it, especially in Game 1, is not going to happen".

"I've been playing solid all year", Simmons told ESPN's Chris Haynes.

While a lot has been made of the 76ers offene down the stretch of the season, they have been excellent on the defensive end as well. The game slows down, the defense tightens up, and every single possession matters.

No Joel Embiid in Sixers vs Heat Game 1