In Game 5, the 76ers, from the current City of Champions, Philadelphia, goes after just their second postseason series win since 2003 and first since defeating Chicago 4-2 six years ago.
Often in life, you have to go through the tough times in order to enjoy the good times. Philadelphia sports fans are well aware of this. While nobody is expecting the Philadelphia 76ers to win an NBA championship this year, their future appears as bright as Amazon’s.
On the other hand, Miami’s stellar defense has been abused. During the regular season, the Heat was 4th in points allowed, 7th in field goal percentage defense and 8th in defensive points per possession. In other words, Miami could lock down opponents. Yet twice in this series, the Heat defense was sliced and diced by Philadelphia like an episode of “Chopped” on the Food Network for 128 and 130 points.
The NBA odds have Miami as a large 10-point underdog with a total of 211.5 for this 8:05 Eastern encounter on TNT. What is the best side to be on?
If Miami ends losing this series, they will look to Game 4 as the missed opportunity. The Heat took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter and could not hold it, being outscored 27-19. Looking at the box score, it is hard to imagine in many fazes how they did not win.
Philly only shot 42.9 percent and was a deplorable 7-for-31 from behind the arc and committed a jaw-dropping 27 turnovers, yet they managed to win to take a 3-1 series lead.