2018 NBA Playoffs
2018 NBA Playoffs

Numbers preview: Philadelphia 76ers (3) vs. Miami Heat (6)

John Schuhmann

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Apr 12, 2018 9:39 PM ET

 

By The Numbers: Sixers vs. Heat

The Philadelphia 76ers are here. The Process has borne fruit and this team is suddenly very good ... on both ends of the floor.

Over the course of their 16-game, season-ending winning streak, the Sixers led the league defensively and ranked second on offense, with Ben Simmons continuing to drive that train even after Joel Embiid was lost to injury. And now, the team that won 10 games just two years ago could be the favorite to get to the conference finals from the 2-3-6-7 side of the Eastern Conference bracket.

The first team standing in their way is no pushover, though. The Miami Heat are a resilient group that seems to play every opponent -- the good teams and the bad -- close. The Heat have been waiting a year for this opportunity after pulling off a miraculous turnaround and missing the playoffs via a tiebreaker last season.

Here are some statistical notes to get you ready for the 3-6 series in the East, with links to let you dive in and explore more. Game 1 is Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Pace = Possessions per 48 minutes
OffRtg = Points scored per 100 possessions
DefRtg = Points allowed per 100 possessions
NetRtg = Point differential per 100 possessions

Philadelphia 76ers (52-30)

Pace: 102.2 (4)
OffRtg: 107.4 (11)
DefRtg: 102.0 (3)
NetRtg: +5.4 (4)

Regular season: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups
vs. Miami: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups

Sixers four factors

Sixers team notes:

Sixers shooting

Sixers individual notes:

Miami Heat (44-38)

Pace: 97.8 (26)
OffRtg: 104.5 (20)
DefRtg: 104.0 (7)
NetRtg: +0.5 (17)

Regular season: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups
vs. Philadelphia: Team stats | Advanced splits | Player stats | Player shooting | Lineups

Sixers four factors

Heat team notes:

Heat shooting

Heat individual notes:

Regular season matchup

Season series: Series tied 2-2 (Home team won all 4 games)
Feb. 2 @ Philadelphia - Sixers 103, Heat 97
Feb. 14 @ Philadelphia - Sixers 104, Heat 102
Feb. 27 @ Miami - Heat 102, Sixers 101
Mar. 8 @ Miami - Heat 108, Sixers 99

Pace: 100.2 possessions (per team) per 48 minutes
Philadelphia OffRtg: 101.0 (20th vs. Miami)
Miami OffRtg: 102.7 (14th vs. Philadelphia)

Individual matchups:Philadelphia offense vs. Miami defense | Miami offense vs. Philadelphia defense

Matchup notes:

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