Sixers-Heat: What you need to know

Sixers-Heat: What you need to know

March 13, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Sixers vs. Heat — 7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Records

Sixers: 24-39 (10th place in the East)

Heat: 48-14 (First place in East)

The Heat bring a 19-game winning streak into Wednesday’s game at the Wells Fargo Center. They haven’t lost since Feb. 1 against the Pacers, and Tuesday’s win over Atlanta gave the Heat a 9½-game advantage in the East and the best record in the NBA.

The Sixers are coming off a win over Brooklyn, but they’re just 2-12 since Feb. 9.

Recent meetings

This is the Sixers’ second game against the Heat in the last six days and their third since the All-Star break. The teams meet once more on April 6.

The Heat won the first meeting easily, 114-90. Last Friday they won, 102-93, after leading by just one point through three quarters.

Dwyane Wade has averaged 27.5 points in the two contests and LeBron James has averaged 20.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists. The Heat have shot 56 percent as a team, 41 percent from three and 81 percent from the line.

Trap game?

The Heat are on the second of a back-to-back and four of their last seven wins have been nail-biters, which suggests this remarkable run might be nearing an end.

LeBron has come back to earth a bit in March, averaging 21 points on 48 percent shooting. While 98 percent of NBA players would love to have those numbers, they are well below his February output (30 points on 64 percent shooting).

Still though … the Sixers haven’t been able to stop James and Wade together, still lack an athletic big man who can guard Chris Bosh and could face a huge deficit from beyond the arc if Ray Allen (41 percent from three) and Shane Battier (43 percent) get going.

Probable starters

Sixers (season averages)
Thad Young (15.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg)
Damien Wilkins (12.1 mpg, 3.9 ppg)
Spencer Hawes (10.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg)
Evan Turner (13.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
Jrue Holiday (18.5 ppg, 8.7 apg)

Heat
Udonis Haslem (3.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg)
LeBron James (26.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 7.1 apg)
Chris Bosh (16.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
Dwyane Wade (21.8 ppg, 4.9 apg)
Mario Chalmers (8.3 ppg, 3.4 apg)

Injuries

Sixers
Andrew Bynum (bilateral bone bruises) is out.
Jason Richardson (knee surgery) is out for the rest of the season.
Nick Young (sprained ankle) could return.

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