76ers (35-28) at Miami Heat (34-31)
Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at AmericanAirlines Arena
This matchup could have huge playoff-seeding implications. The Sixers have the sixth-best record in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are seventh. The top eight teams at the end of the regular season advance to the playoffs. A victory would give the Sixers a three-game lead over Miami with 18 games remaining. It also would give them the two-team tiebreaker should they finish with the same record. That’s because the Sixers have already won two of the previous three meetings.
How to watch and follow the game
- TV and streaming: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Radio: 97.5 FM
- Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers
33 Robert Covington SF 6-9 12.6 ppg. 5.5 rpg
9 Dario Saric PF 6-10 14.8 ppg. 6.9 rpg.
21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.6 ppg. 11.1 rpg.
17 JJ Redick SG 6-4 16.7 ppg. 3.2 apg.
25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 16.5 ppg. 7.6 apg.
Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 110-281)
Injury report: Markelle Fultz (shoulder rehabilitation and working on his shot, out); Furkan Korkmaz (Lisfranc injury, left foot rehabilitation, out).
22 Luke Babbitt SF 6-9 5.8 ppg. 2.0 rpg
16 James Johnson PF 6-8 10.1 ppg. 4.6 rpg.
21 Hassan Whiteside C 7-0 14.0 ppg. 11.9 rpg.
0 Josh Richardson SG 6-6 13.3 ppg. 3.4 rpg.
7 Goran Dragic PG 6-10 17.4 ppg. 4.9 rpg.
Coach: Erik Spoelstra (10th season, 474-313)
Injury report: Dion Waiters (sprained left ankle, out).
Head to head
The Heat hold a 59-57 series advantage.
Sunday: 7:30 p.m., at Barclays Center, Sixers vs. Brooklyn Nets
Tuesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Indiana Pacers vs. Sixers
March 15: 7:30 p.m., at Madison Square Garden, Sixers vs. New York Knicks
March 16: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Nets vs. Sixers
March 19: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Charlotte Hornets vs. Sixers