As for the Philadelphia 76ers, controlling the pace of the game will be the most important factor in this series. The 76ers are at their best when Ben Simmons is pushing the tempo and forcing the defense into making quick decisions. The Miami Heat tend to play at a slower pace, ranking 23rd in points per game. Meanwhile, the 76ers score the seventh most points per game in the league. If Philadelphia really wants to play to their strength while also exposing Miami’s weakness, pushing the tempo of the game will the perfect attack.
The biggest thing the Miami Heat will need to do is keep Philadelphia from running in transition. Luckily, the flow of the game usually slows down during the playoffs. The Miami Heat will benefit greatly from this. Furthermore, the Heat have way more playoff experience than the 76ers. I believe the Miami Heat’s playoff experience will be their biggest advantage in this series.
However, I still think the Philadelphia 76ers will come away victorious. While the Miami Heat will scrap and fight to the end, they simply don’t have the firepower to win this series. My prediction, Philadelphia wins in six games.