A Tuesday six-pack has doubled into a Wednesday 12-pack. Based on my experience, things are about to get wild.
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MIAMI HEAT AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (-7) | O/U: 201.5
7 p.m. ET
What the metrics say: The 76ers are rolling, and it’s because of their elite defense. They rank third in defensive efficiency on the year, and over their past three games, they’ve allowed just 69.3, 95.1, and 93.4 points/100. That 69.3 mark against the Pelicans is the best mark of the season by any defense. They’re dominant in the most important areas of the floor, ranking ninth and first, respectively, in field goal percentage allowed at the rim and 3-point line. Embiid’s reputation as a rim protector is clearly growing, as opponents aren’t even challenging him down low anymore: Opponents are taking just 30.8 percent of their shots at the rim, which is the second-lowest mark in the league. These teams played their first matchup of the year just two weeks ago, and Philly took it 103-97. Miami was held to just 76.8 points per 100 in the half court (ninth percentile of games this year) and only stayed in it by getting out in transition. The 76ers are a tough matchup for them. — Bryan Mears