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National Basketball Association
Preview
Philadelphia at Miami
When: 8:00 PM ET, Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida

The Miami Heat are locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, and that appears to be just fine with the two-time defending champions. “It will be no disappointment when the playoffs start,” Dwyane Wade said of losing the No. 1 seed. “It will be a new season and we will be looking forward to it.” The slumping Heat will face either the Washington Wizards or Charlotte Bobcats in the first round of the playoffs, but first they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday on the final night of the regular season.

The Heat rested LeBron James and Chris Bosh in Monday's loss to the Wizards, which clinched the top seed for the Indiana Pacers. Wade played 18 minutes in that one and scored nine points before joining his fellow stars on the bench. The 76ers have endured one of the worst seasons in franchise history but have a chance to end the campaign with back-to-back wins for the first time since the first week of January.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, CSN (Philadelphia), Sun Sports (Miami)

ABOUT THE 76ERS (18-63): Wrapping up a season where the team obviously was more interested in ping-pong balls than winning basketball games, the Sixers defeated the Celtics 113-108 on Monday behind Michael Carter-Williams' 21 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Carter-Williams, the favorite to win Rookie of the Year, has shot at least 50 percent from the field in six of his last eight games after doing so just three times in his previous 31 contests. Thaddeus Young, on the other hand, has shot no better than 47.1 percent in any of his seven games this month and has made just 7-of-31 3-pointers since the calendar turned to April.

ABOUT THE HEAT (54-27): Miami has lost five of its last seven games and is one loss away from its first three-game skid since early March. Wade, who is working his way back from a hamstring injury, is expected to play Wednesday while James and Bosh likely will rest again. The Heat trailed by as many as 36 points in the loss to the Wizards despite three 3-pointers by the seemingly ageless Ray Allen, who will average single-digits in points for the first time in his 18-year career unless he erupts for 40 against the Sixers.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. The Sixers and Heat have split two meetings this season, including a stunning win by Philadelphia in its home opener on Oct. 30 - a game in which the Sixers led the Heat 19-0 before holding on for a 114-110 win behind Carter-Williams' 22 points, 12 assists and nine steals.

2. Miami has won its last 10 home games versus Philadelphia.

3. If James does not play on Wednesday, he will end the season averaging 27.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.4 assists on a career-high 56.7 percent shooting.

PREDICTION: Heat 101, 76ers 94
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Philadelphia 18-63 W1 10-31 8-32 0-3 18-60 5-11 13-38
Miami 54-27 L2 32-8 22-19 6-2 48-25 12-4 34-17
Last Meeting
Philadelphia Miami
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/17/14 MIA 101 PHI 86 86 45 36.9 101 38 47.5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia T. Wroten 13 30.8 4
Miami C. Bosh 25 61.1 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia S. Hawes 10 4 6
Miami L. James 8 1 7
Assists Player  
Philadelphia S. Hawes 4
Miami L. James 10
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Philadelphia T. Young 1468 45.5 166
Miami L. James 2180 56.4 455
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Philadelphia T. Young 490 173 317
Miami C. Bosh 560 109 451
Assists Player  
Philadelphia M. Carter-Williams 462
Miami L. James 512
Quickchart Matchup
Philadelphia Off vs  Miami Defense
99.4 Points For
97.4 Points Against
43.4 FG%
45.7 FG%
42.8 Reb
40.4 Reb
Miami Off vs  Philadelphia Defense
102.4 Points For
110.2 Points Against
50.2 FG%
47.1 FG%
40.4 Reb
47.1 Reb