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Masked Embiid is on the loose! To nobody’s surprise, a lot of bettors are trusting the process… and perhaps rightfully so.

The 76ers and Heat kick off an all-day affair featuring 10 straight hours of playoff hoops. After Philly-Miami, the Brow will look to advance to the second round for the first time in his career, Minnesota will attempt to make its series interesting at home, and Utah will try to keep the momentum.

Time to dive into some data and analysis and make this a profitable weekend. — Mark Gallant


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Philadelphia Leads 2-1

2:30 p.m. ET | TNT

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Metrics to know: Joel Embiid made his playoff debut and was immediately impactful on both ends of the floor. The 76ers had no problems scoring in Miami, putting up 133.3 points per 100 possessions and posting a 63.3% effective field goal mark. Embiid got to the line 15 times and was a big reason Philly posted a huge 35.4% free throw rate. The 76ers were good without Embiid over the past month, and they managed to keep an efficient shot profile, maximizing opportunities from the rim and the 3-point line. That continued in Game 3, as Philadelphia took 40% of its shots at the rim and 38% from behind the arc. And when you add in a talent like Embiid to that solid system, the ceiling is the roof.

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