NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin': 76ers at Heat (6:30 CT) and Mavericks at Suns (9:00 CT)

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NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin’: 76ers at Heat (6:30 CT) and Mavericks at Suns (9:00 CT)

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We’ve got another pair of Game 1’s on the slate tonight! Let the fun begin.

Philadelphia 76ers at Miami Heat

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals: Game 1

The Philadelphia 76ers enter their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Miami Heat missing their best player with Joel Embiid out for the first two contests in South Beach. The Sixers big man might be back for Game’s 3&4 when things shift to Philly, but for the time being, the Heat are at a significant advantage over the Sixers. Can they take advantage?

Philly will have to rely heavily on James Harden in Embiid’s absence, and one ESPN analyst sees a big game coming for Harden tonight:

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 6:30 PM (CT)
Location: FTX Arena, Miami
Series: 0-0
Odds: MIA -7.5, O/U 208.5

Starting Lineups

Philadelphia 76ers

1. Tyrese Maxey
2. James Harden
3. Danny Green
4. Tobias Harris
5. Joel Embiid

Miami Heat

1. Gabe Vincent
2. Max Strus
3. Jimmy Butler
4. P.J. Tucker
5. Bam Adebayo

Injury Report –PHI: Joel Embiid OUT (orbital), MIA: Max Strus DTD (hamstring), Jimmy Butler DTD (hamstring), Kyle Lowry OUT (hamstring), P.J. Tucker DTD (calf), Markieff Morris DTD (knee), Caleb Martin DTD (ankle), Tyler Herro DTD (illness)

Dallas Mavericks at Phoenix Suns

Western Conference Semi-Finals: Game 1

The Dallas Mavericks have been rolling since the return of Luka Dončić, with their superstar logging 30 or more points in each of the three games he has played in these NBA Playoffs. Tonight the Mavs will have a huge road test ahead of them in Phoenix.

The Suns, meanwhile, will get Devin Booker back ahead of tonight’s Game 1 with the Mavs. Booker was sorely missed as the Pelicans gave the Suns fits and forced their way into a Game 6 with the NBA’s top team in the regular season. Can the Suns get back on track as they look to win their second consecutive Western Conference title?

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 9:00 PM (CT)
Location: Footprint Center, Phoenix
Series: 0-0
Odds: PHX -6, O/U 214

Starting Lineups

Dallas Mavericks

1. Luka Dončić
2. Jalen Brunson
3. Reggie Bullock
4. Dorian Finney-Smith
5. Dwight Powell

Phoenix Suns

1. Chris Paul
2. Devin Booker
3. Mikal Bridges
4. Jae Crowder
5. Deandre Ayton

Injury Report –DAL: Tim Hardaway OUT (foot), PHX: Dario Saric OUT (knee)

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is the Lead NFL Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.