That is the LAST time I bet on SC Upstate basketball … the last time, I tell ya. Maybe I’ll stick to NBA tonight. Gee, how could I not with this groovy group of writers?
(I was going to replace the 3×3 Brady Bunch picture with pictures of our NBA guys, but realized I don’t have the artistic ability, don’t have pictures of everybody, and there aren’t enough of us.)
Anywho, get to reading, place those bets, and lock those lineups. What more can I say? — Mark Gallant
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The Main Events
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (-1) AT MIAMI HEAT | O/U: 205.5
7:30 p.m. ET
What I’m watching for: This one is a pretty big deal. A win by the Sixers puts them up three games in the loss column and secures tiebreaker advantage over Miami for seeding.
The Heat are discovering that Hassan Whiteside just isn’t playable in a lot of situations. I’ve liked what I’ve seen from him this year, but the numbers, especially in the fourth quarter, are ugly. Whiteside has a -30 net rating in the fourth quarter in February, playing just 5.8 minutes per fourth. Bam Abadayo is clearly the future, and when Kelly Olynyk returns from his shoulder injury, Whiteside will see an even further reduction.
Can Abadayo fare better vs. Joel Embiid? That’s a crucial question Tuesday. — Matt Moore