Sixers big man Joel Embiid officially out for Game 1 vs. Heat

Sixers big man Joel Embiid officially out for Game 1 vs. Heat

Sixers big man Joel Embiid officially out for Game 1 vs. Heat

Miami did not practice Thursday as they watched film instead, but Dragic is expected to be on the court when the team practices Friday before traveling to Philadelphia for the first two games of the series.

After missing 68 straight games with a mysterious shoulder ailment, the number one overall pick in the 2017 draft is finally available for action. The Utah Jazz shooting guard is having a solid rookie season, averaging 20.5 points and almost four assists a game while shooting 44 percent from the field overall and 34 percent from three-point range.

numberFire's models project Redick to score 25.5 FanDuel points at a cost of $6,000 on Saturday. He has scored at least 25 points in 25 games this season, including a season-high 46 points during a 115-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on November 15.

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Additionally, Fultz is still a mystery to the teams the Sixers will be facing in the playoffs.

The NBA season came to a close in a big way Wednesday. "I don't plan on him playing in Game 1". 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.

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This will be the second postseason meeting between these two teams, with the Heat winning 4-1 in the first round in 2011. It only takes one game in the postseason to swing a series, and if Fultz can channel the wizardry that made him such a dynamic prospect at Washington, he absolutely could do just that. He was all aboard the Joel Embiid train, as the Sixers selected their current center at No. 3 after the Cavaliers took his Kansas teammate Andrew Wiggins and the Bucks chose Jabari Parker.

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"I've been playing solid all year", Simmons told ESPN's Chris Haynes. Things tend to tighten up in the playoffs, as every possession becomes more valuable.

The Playoffs begin Saturday.

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