Will Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons Play Tonight? Miami Heat vs Philadelphia 76ers: Injury updates, Expected Lineups, and Game Prediction

January 14, 2021 9:00 pm

Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers will lock horns once again on Thursday night at 7:00 PM ET. This will mark the Heat’s second consecutive game against the Sixers in Philly, and they will be looking forward to this matchup. Last time around, the two sides produced a thrilling game that went to OT.

However, due to a historic performance by Joel Embiid, the 76ers won the game by 3 points! Following that defeat, the Heat slipped down from the 500 record and now hold the 9th seed in the Eastern Conference.

On the other hand, the 76ers have the best record in the East so far in the first half of the season. But which team will come out on top on Thursday night? We will have an answer soon. Regardless of the result, the game has all the ingredients to be a phenomenal fixture.

Philadelphia 76ers injury updates and lineup prediction

Due to the recent surge in the COVID-19 cases in the league, many teams have been affected by it. In fact, in a game against the Nuggets, Philly barely even managed to get their minimum eight players needed to start a game. However, with time, the situation is improving as the 76ers are getting their players back.

Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts to a scored against the Washington Wizards during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Despite that development, the 76ers have a plethora of players listed as probable for their Thursday night clash. According to their recent injury report, the 76ers have listed six players as probable for the game. Along with those six players, the 76ers have three players listed out of their starting lineup.

So the expected lineup for the Sixers is Ben Simmons (G), Tyrese Maxey (G), Danny Green (F), Mike Scott (F), and Joel Embiid (C).

Miami Heat injury updates and lineup prediction

Dec 23, 2020; Orlando, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) shoots beyond Orlando Magic guard Dwayne Bacon (8) during the secon quarter at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Just like the 76ers, the Miami Heat are down badly due to the increasing COVID-19 cases around the league. According to their latest injury report, eight Heat players are listed out for the game on Thursday. Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, and Goran Dragic are the top names that will be missing the matchup.

With these players sitting out due to the NBA health protocols, the predicted lineup for Miami is Gabe Vincent (G), Tyler Herro (G), Duncan Robinson (F), Kelly Olynyk (F), and Meyers Leonard (C).

Game prediction

Considering everything, the 76ers still have a better lineup than the Heat. They should be able to register another victory this season against the Miami Heat with ease.

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Aikansh Chaudhary

Aikansh Chaudhary is an NBA columnist for Essentially Sports. Previously, he helped rank various websites using the latest SEO techniques, and wrote over 2000 articles during his stint as a freelance writer. A die hard Lakers fan, Aikansh will forever uphold LeBron James as the GOAT.

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