76ers vs. Heat: Game 5 Prediction, Selection, TV Channel, NBA Playoffs Live Stream, Watch Online

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Jimmy Butler scored 40 points on Sunday, but that wasn’t the story. As brilliant as Butler was in Game 4, every time the Miami Heat broke down the door on the stretch, the Philadelphia 76ers immediately closed it again. James Harden scored 16 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter and kept saving the Sixers late in the shot clock.

When the Heat blocked Harden on a drive, Philadelphia got the offensive board, leading to an alley-oop from Tyrese Maxey to Tobias Harris. After the Sixers leveled the series with a 116-108 win, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra called those possessions “crippling.”

Will the Heat continue to lead Embiid in the post in Game 5? Will Philadelphia continue to be the (waaaay) better shooting team, or will the script go back to how it was in the first two games in Miami? Will Spoelstra rescue the $90M sniper? Who was off the rotation? Can Harden pick up where he left off? Where are Kylie Lowry’s minutes going? So many questions!

Here’s everything you need to know about ~crucial~ Game 5:

(1) Miami Heat vs. (4) Philadelphia 76ers

  • When: Tuesday May 10 | 7:30 p.m. ET
  • From where: FTX Arena – Miami, Florida
  • TV: TNT | Live broadcast: TNT app
  • Opportunities: MIA-145; PHI +125; O/U 209.5 (via Caesars Sportsbook)

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heat: Lowry is out with left hamstring strain this sidelined him for the last two games of the first round and the first two games of the second. Recent history suggests that Gabe Vincent will take his place on the starting lineup, but it’s worth noting that during Crunch time in Game 4, Butler ran the show, with Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo alongside him. When Vincent plays heavy minutes, he needs to stop turning down pull-up jumpers versus drop coverage. But don’t be surprised if Duncan Robinson or Caleb Martin join the party.

76er: When momentum is there, the Sixers have it. However, how do they react when Miami starts slamming down the kind of recordings they’re giving up? Philadelphia would have preferred to hold Butler worse than 13-for-20 shooting and fewer than 13 free-throw attempts on Sunday, but it was largely willing to live with that path he has collected his points. What if the Heat do some pull ups and the crowd goes crazy? What if they start punishing the Sixers for putting two on the ball against Herro? What if Harden’s stepbacks don’t fall and the roleplayers take to the streets coldly again?


Philadelphia’s lead was good enough in the last two games, but Harden’s late-game heroics in Game 4 masked some turnover and possession issues that went nowhere for about 20 seconds. The Heat are right there if they can just avoid trouble, hit a few 3s and force the Sixers’ defense to adjust. It feels like both teams have cards to play before this series is decided. Choose: Heat -2.5 76ers vs. Heat: Game 5 Prediction, Selection, TV Channel, NBA Playoffs Live Stream, Watch Online

Justin Scacco

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