O'Sullivan's Thursday NBA Playoffs Pick: Heat vs Sixers – Embiid, Harden must mount fight before home crowd

Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 pm Eastern.
Can Joel Embiid mask away his pain to lead the Sixers to a home win?
Can Joel Embiid mask away his pain to lead the Sixers to a home win?@sixers on Twitter

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Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers, 7 pm Eastern

The Pick: Philadelphia -135, bet $20.25 to win $15

After three quarters on Tuesday, Philadelphia was only down to Miami by 12. They hadn’t played well, but they were in the game, fighting hard in front of a road crowd in a crucial Game 5. Then the fourth quarter happened. The Sixers lost that quarter by twenty, with the Heat hitting three-pointer after three-pointer in the face of lackluster defense. Miami wound up winning by 35. The game was a microcosm of the roller-coaster the series has been for the Sixers and their fans. Now the Heat try to close out the series in Philadelphia, and it’s gut-check time for the Sixers. Joel Embiid may be frustrated by his injuries and by not winning the MVP, but tonight he has an opportunity to show the courage he has. His teammates have that opportunity too. Miami, on the other hand, know they have Game 7 if things go badly for them in Game 6. The first six minutes of the game will tell the story; either Philadelphia comes to fight, or they make it clear they’ve already packed it in. I think they’ll fight.

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