NBA Playoffs Recap: Philadelphia vs. Miami Betting Odds

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Philadelphia successfully covered the seven-point spread, and the game went over the total of 212 points.

Help is on the way for the Philadelphia 76ers as they partake in their first playoff series since 2012.

Ben Simmons was the maestro in his National Basketball Association playoffs debut, orchestrating the Philadelphia 76ers' demolition of the Miami Heat in game one of their first-round series.

Thompson was lethal, shooting an astounding 85 per cent from the field by connecting with 11 of 13 field goals and five of six three-point attempts for 27 points.

J.J. Redick led the Sixers in scoring with 28 points (four three-pointers) and Marco Belinelli, a late addition to the roster after the Hawks bought out his contract in February and Philadelphia signed shortly after, added 25 points (four three-pointers) off the bench.

John Wall had 23 points and 15 assists for the Wizards, while Markieff Morris had 22 points and 11 rebounds.

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The Wizards finished off their disappointing season as the 8 seed after finishing 4th in the Eastern Conference a year ago . No sequence on Saturday showed what Toronto is about more than a late-fourth-quarter possession ending in a 3 for Wright.

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If popular opinion were to be believed, Rafa Benitez would have walked out on Newcastle United at least four times this season. Newcastle have shipped only 41 goals this season, a record bettered only by Burnley and the division's top-five sides.

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Roberto Firmino should have added a third for Liverpool on 74 minutes only to see his effort cleared off the line. The away team made their first substitution of the evening 1 minute later as Jordon Ibe was replaced by Mousset.

The Heat shot 26 percent in the third and were outscored 34-18. But since then, he's dominated, looking like the best player on the court because, well, he is. Embiid is a first-team All-NBA candidate as well as Defensive Player of the Year candidate.

With Embiid out, the Sixers started veteran Amir Johnson (6-9, 240) at center to start the game, but went with 6-10, 235-pound forward Ersan Ilyasova at center and a faster lineup to start the second half. The All-Star center has been hopeful he can return early in the series.

Decked out in his protective mask, Embiid was in attendance for Game 1 Saturday to ring the ceremonial bell prior to tip-off.

The 18 triples set a new franchise record for the post-season, and tied a team record overall.

The "Phantom of the Process" fired up the home crowd before the Philadelphia 76ers' playoff game against the Miami Heat on Saturday.

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