Whiteside, Heat to face Embiid, 76ers on Thursday
Miami Heat (26-30, ninth in the Eastern Conference) vs. Philadelphia 76ers (37-21, fifth in the Eastern Conference)
Philadelphia; Thursday, 7 p.m. Eastern
BOTTOM LINE: The 76ers will play host to conference foe Miami at Wells Fargo Center.
The 76ers are 21-15 in Eastern Conference games. Philadelphia is second in the Eastern Conference in rebounding with 47 rebounds. Joel Embiid leads the 76ers with 13.5 boards.
The Heat are 15-14 on the road. Miami ranks third in the Eastern Conference with 46.7 rebounds per game, led by Hassan Whiteside averaging 12.4. The 76ers won the last matchup between these two teams 124-114 on Nov. 12. Embiid scored 35 points to help lead Philadelphia to the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Jimmy Butler has averaged 18.8 points and 5.0 rebounds for the 76ers. Ben Simmons has scored 18.1 points and totaled 6.9 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent over the last 10 games for Philadelphia.
Josh Richardson has averaged 17.6 points and 3.6 rebounds for the Heat. Whiteside is shooting 58.0 percent and has averaged 13.6 points over the last 10 games for Miami.
LAST 10 GAMES: Heat: 4-6, averaging 101.6 points, 47.2 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.4 blocks per game while shooting 45.7 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 104.3 points on 45.0 percent shooting.
76ers: 6-4, averaging 117.6 points, 43.4 rebounds, 27.6 assists, 8.8 steals and 4.3 blocks per game while shooting 48.3 percent from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting.
76ers Injuries: Shake Milton: out (finger), Zhaire Smith: out (foot), Furkan Korkmaz: out (torn right meniscus), Joel Embiid: out (left knee soreness).
Heat Injuries: Goran Dragic: day to day (right knee surgery), Derrick Jones Jr.: day to day (right knee bone bruises).