NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin': Heat at 76ers (6:00 CT) and Suns at Mavericks (8:30 CT)

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NBA Playoffs Pre-Gamin’: Heat at 76ers (6:00 CT) and Suns at Mavericks (8:30 CT)

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We’ve got ourselves a pair of potential elimination games on the slate tonight as the Heat and Suns look to wrap up their series.

Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers

Eastern Conference Semi-Finals: Game 6

The Miami Heat reminded the Sixers why they were the top seed in the Eastern Conference on Tuesday night when they delivered a 35-point beatdown to take control of the series. The Sixers are now on the brink of elimination tonight. Can they will their way to a Game 7 this weekend, or will the Heat prove to be a class higher than Philly?

My money is on “Playoff Jimmy” and the Heat in this one.

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 6:00 PM (CT)
Location: Wells Fargo Arena, Philadelphia
Series: MIA leads 3-2
Odds: PHI -2, O/U 206

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 DTD (orbital), Matisse Thybulle DTD (foot), Isiah Joe DTD (foot)  MIA: Max Strus DTD (hamstring), Gabe Vincent DTD (knee), Kyle Lowry OUT (hamstring), P.J. Tucker DTD (calf), Caleb Martin DTD (ankle), Tyler Herro DTD (ankle)

Phoenix Suns at Dallas Mavericks

Western Conference Semi-Finals: Game 3

Monty Williams challenged the Suns to ramp up their defensive efforts during a first-quarter timeout after the Mavs offense came out hot again in Game 5. The Suns rose to the challenge and ultimately blew out the Mave to take control of the series. Still, the Suns know as well as anyone that defending Luka Dončić and the Mavs is no easy feat to repeat. Deandre Ayton told SI’s Rohan Nadkarni that the Mavs will live and die with the three, and Ayton and the Suns are ready for the challenge.

“They will live and die by the three,” Ayton said. “They have great shooters over there, and you just got to have a certain sense of urgency when you’re closing out to them because they can put the ball on the floor as well and have you in a blender, closing out and being late on passes.

The Suns have to stop Luka and the Mavs one more time to punch their ticket to their second straight WCF tonight. Can they do it?

Here’s your pre-game reading, an excellent feature by Rohan Nadkarni with insight from the Suns on what it is like defending one of the greatest scorers in the game:

Broadcast Info & Game/Series Details

Tip: 8:30 PM (CT)
Location: American Airlines Arena, Dallas
Series: PHX leads 3-2
Odds: PHX -2, O/U 211

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)

Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.