Two games are scheduled for Tuesday night in the NBA playoffs, with both series tied at two games apiece. Here’s a look at the matchups for tonight:
Sixers Make Second Trip to Miami
The Eastern Conference playoff semifinal series between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat returns to south Florida for Tuesday night’s matchup. The Sixers won the last two games at home after being blown out in both matchups in Miami. However, as the series changes cities again, things will be different this time around, as Joel Embiid is again in the lineup for Philly after missing Games 1 and 2.
The return of Embiid in Game 3 changed everything on the defensive end for the Sixers and created more space for their shooters. The All-Star center scored 24 points and had 11 rebounds on Sunday.
James Harden also came up big and silenced his critics with 31 points in leading the 76ers to the 116-108 victory. Tyrese Maxey added 18 points for Philly, and Tobias Harris pitched in with 13 points on six of 10 shooting with four assists.
After being dominated by the Sixers for two games on the road, the Heat feel confident about taking control of the series tonight at home. Jimmy Butler led Miami with 40 points in a losing effort in Game 4, and as a team, they shot 7 of 35 from three-point range. The next move in this series is up to Miami, as they hope to continue the trend of the home team winning every game of the series.
Miami won’t be denied at home and will take a 3-2 series lead.
Suns Expected Closeout Game Tonight vs. Mavericks
The Suns were expected to be playing tonight’s game up 3-1 in the series against the Mavericks. However, Dallas had other ideas as they rained down 20 three-pointers on Phoenix to come from behind for the 111-101 victory in Game 4. Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 26 points, seven rebounds, and 11 assists, and Devin Booker was the leading scorer for the Suns with 35 points in a losing effort.
This series isn’t as easy for the Suns as most people thought it would be, as a loss at home tonight would put the Mavs up 3-2 with a chance to close out the series at home on Thursday. Although that’s not likely to happen to the team with the best home record in the league,
Dallas can at least have some hope. The Suns are still in the driver’s seat in the series, with two remaining games at Talking Stick Resort Arena and the best road record in the league.
Phoenix dominated the Mavs in Games 1 & 2 of the series. They have won the rebounding battle so far and have been in a position to win every game in the series, but made some critical mistakes down the stretch to allow Dallas to get back into the game.
Also, don’t count on Chris Paul only playing 23 minutes because of foul trouble as he did in Game 4. He only had five points and shot the ball just four times but did hand out seven assists in the loss. There’s no doubt which is the better team in this series, and the Suns will show that in tonight’s matchup.
Phoenix will win convincingly tonight to take control of the series.