PHI vs MIA Dream11: Hello, people who love to follow the star-studded affair of the NBA. How has the NBA fantasy scenario treated you these days? Some teams have surely turned it on these days and there are a lot more upsets from some of the squads that were getting washed out earlier. This surge in upsets and the elevation of teams has come due to developed team chemistry and with the season closing in, some players want to show what they are about and have learned this season. So, what version of the Philadelphia 76ers will we see as they take on the Miami Heat?
The Philadelphia 76ers are being touted as the title contenders and they have surely been bolstered by the inclusion of James Harden. However, the East is tightly packed this season and it will not be easy for the 76ers to make a deep postseason run. A weak bench and glaring depth have been a huge factor.
On the other hand, the Miami Heat stands at the top of the Eastern Conference but the team is like the 76ers in a tightly packed East so still to dub them as the favorite to make it out of the East looks tough. With the way things are going, the Heat is likely to seal the top spot but the race to the championship ain’t easy.
Host: Philadelphia 76ers
Visitors: Miami Heat
Match Timing: 22 March, @ 05:00 AM
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena
The Eastern Conference picture
The Heat is too tight, especially from the second to fifth position. The rise of the Celtics has especially made the race trickier and there is a sense they can even challenge the Heat at this point for the top spot. Still, the Heat remains in a prime position to finish first in the East because they have three more wins and three fewer losses than the second-round Bucks. If we come to the second-fourth race, oh Lord! The Bucks, the 76ers, and the Celtics are all having almost similar records and their win percentage is 61-62% it is unclear which team will be the favorite to finish at the second position but with the way the Celtics are playing, perhaps they will be making a strong push for the second spot.
The 76ers played a grueling affair versus the Raptors but lost 88:93 as Pascal Siakam and a strong Raptors defense fended them off
The 76ers have been not winning as much as they did right after acquiring James Harden. One of the issues has been the immense lack of bench depth and there is a sense that it can end up hurting the team record ultimately. The other concern is the lack of coverage when there is an injury, an area which Heat has addressed better than any other team in the East. Philly will need to make a strong push from here because, in the Playoffs, there will be teams that have more experience and team chemistry at this point. While Embiid-Harden’s one-two punch provides high versatility, scoring, and rebounding, Maxey and Harris are going to be decisive factors for deciding the team’s trajectory considering the severe lack of offensive depth.
As expected, the Heat beat the Thunder 120:108 as Tyler Herro continued to pour 20+ points and the Heat decimated the Thunder by third quarter
The Heat has something that the 76ers lack and that is a huge depth. The team has been missing key players like Butler and Adebayo time and time again, but the offseason signings of Lowry and Tucker coupled with the rise of Herro and the improved play of Max Strus has transformed the Heat’s roster. Of course, the Heat balance on both ends weakens when Butler is out, but unlike many other teams, they can make do with their leader out of the fray. One area where the Heat has a lot of promise in the Playoffs is defensive and with the way the bench has performed, they can try out a lot of combinations. All in all, the Heat is the favorite to finish at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Miami Heat (1st spot in East) | Philadelphia 76ers (3rd spot in East)
Games: 71 | 70
Wins: 47 | 43
Defeats: 24 | 27
Philadelphia 76ers Team News
Sixers Expected Starting Five
Forward: PF: Tobias Harris
Middle: C: Joel Embiid
Guards: SG: Matisse Thybulle | PG: James Harden| PG: Tyrese Maxey
BENCH: Georges Niang, Furkan Korkmaz, Paul Millsap, DeAndre Jordan, Isaiah Joe, Aaron Henry, Charles Bassey, Charlie Brown Jr., Braxton Key, Myles Powell, Aaron Johnson.
Miami Heat Team News
Heat Expected Starting Five
Forward/Wing: PF: PJ Tucker | SF: Jimmy Butler (QUESTIONABLE) / Max Strus(SG)
Middle: C: Bam Adebayo
Guards: SG: Duncan Robinson | PG: Kyle Lowry
BENCH: Max Strus, Tyler Herro, DeWayne Dedmon, Udonis Haslem, Omer Yurtseven, Marcus Garrett, Kyle Guy.
Center Bam has done an incredible job of finishing inside, grabbing big-time rebounds, and playing incredible defense. Adebayo has mostly been in 17-21 points, 8-12 rebounds, and 1-2 steal range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 32-48
Embiid continues to be a huge factor for the Sixers in the middle with his ability to score in various ways, rebound, and also play high-quality defense. The big has mostly been in 26-33 points, 9-14 rebounds, and 1-2 steal/block range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 46-60
Guard Tyler has been getting it done on the offensive end and is a surefire pick for the Sixth Player of the Year Award. THe Guard has mostly been in 22-26 points and 4-5 rebounds range. He is usually the favorite for Star/Pro Player in the Dream 11 NBA Fantasy scenario.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 28-38
Guard Harden continues to be a big-time factor on the Point Guard position and provides the 76ers with power-packed scoring, playmaking, and rebounding. He has usually been in 20-26 points, 6-9 rebounds, and 8-12 assists range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 40-62
Pesky guard Lowry continues to supply quality hustle and defense while being a quality playmaker and is careful with his shot-selection. He has been inconsistent in terms of scoring, usually being in 9-13 points, 4-7 assists, 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 22-34
Tobias plays a huge role as the big Forward and provides consistent scoring, rebounding, and defense, although his numbers have been slashed since Harden’s inclusion. The Forward has mostly been in 13-16 points and 4-7 rebounds range.
Expected Fantasy Points Range: 20-32
PG: K Lowry, T Maxey
SG: J Harden(SP), T Herro
SF: M Thybulle
PF: G Niang, M Morris
C: B Adebayo(PP)
(lineup may be updated)
Isn’t it fun to watch Bam Adebayo with his scintillating dunks and Tyler Herro putting on an offensive galore! But in a poor piece of news for India-based NBA viewers, this game can’t be viewed on streaming services JIO TV and Voot, the two official streaming platforms for viewers in India. What to do then? Download or access the NBA League Pass and buy the annual subscription (599 rupees per year), that provides you access to all live games while you also can get the full game replay if you are unable to watch the live stream. To learn the scores, stats, and news, visit the official website of the NBA.