Process no more: 76ers' awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat

Process no more: 76ers' awaited playoff push starts vs. Heat

Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard J.J. Redick (back) will play in Game 1 against the Miami Heat on Saturday.

For the season, Simmons is averaging 15 points, 8.2 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game.

In the Sixers 132-130 win over the Cavs, Simmons had notched his 12th triple-double of the season before the end of the third quarter. "This year, when I actually do play a lot of games, I don't know what excuse they're going to find next".

Can the Sixers leapfrog the Heat in the first round of the playoffs?

While Joel Embiid has averaged a double-double this year, Ben Simmons has set the court alight in his rookie season and is nearly a certainty to run away with the Rookie of the Year award. Also, the top-seeded Toronto Raptors will host the Washington Wizards in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

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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. He will not play in Game 1 and from that point going forward, we'll figure some stuff out. "To try to overthink it, especially in Game 1, is not going to happen".

Embiid played in three of four regular-season games against the Heat, averaging 19 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists and a block in about 30 minutes per game.

Embiid was injured March 28 in a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Miami will have its hands full if it wants to steal a game on the road in this series. For one, the Sixers are the hottest team in the National Basketball Association, winners of a franchise-record 16-straight games, and they seem to be coming together right now. The Spurs didn't win 50 games for the first time since the Clinton administration and without Kawhi Leonard shouldn't pose too much of a threat, although you can never rule out Popp helping them steal a game.

According to SportsLine data scientist Stephen Oh, the 76ers have a 14.3 percent chance to win the conference and a 3.8 percent chance to win it all.

Under is 4-1 in 76ers last 5 games playing on 2 days rest. Things tend to tighten up in the playoffs, as every possession becomes more valuable.

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