Olynyk, Heat to duel with 76ers in Round 1

  • Olynyk, Heat to duel with 76ers in Round 1

Olynyk, Heat to duel with 76ers in Round 1

But the Thunder might be one of those teams better built for the postseason, and they got an easier road when they won three straight to grab home-court advantage against a Utah team that would have had it before a season-ending loss at Portland.

The Celtics aren't at full strength, but they'll be no first-round pushover for the Bucks (read here): The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Matt Velazquez examined the many obstacles the Celtics have had to deal with throughout the season and how they aren't to be taken lightly with all the injuries they're dealing with at this point in time.

Like I said, it was his to lose.

The first thing these Sixers will have to do to prove me right is show that they belong.

The Sixers will not have Embiid in Game 1, as he continues to recover from surgery on a left-eye orbital bone.

Then Ben Simmons, the point guard for your Philadelphia 76ers, started going off.

The Sixers beat up on some awful teams during their season-closing 16-game winning streak (only three of those 16 opponents will be in the playoffs this weekend), but still, 16 straight wins is impressive.

Fultz missing the majority of the season loomed over the Sixers' season, but could now prove to be a blessing in disguise as Philadelphia could benefit from his fresh legs and opposing teams' limited scouting opportunities on the rookie.

James entered the finale averaging 27.7 points, 9.2 assists and 8.7 rebounds.

Be sure to catch Fultz and the rest of the playoff-bound Sixers as they take on the Miami Heat in the first round this Saturday at 8PM ET. Had that part of his game been better developed this year, we wouldn't be having this conversation because Rookie of the Year would be a landslide victory for him.

Seven players are averaging in double figures for the 76ers, they are Joel Embiid (22.9), JJ Redick (17.1), Ben Simmons (15.8), Dario Saric (14.6), Marco Belinelli (13.6), Robert Covington (12.6) and Ersan Ilyasova (10.8). He's proven to be a spark off of the bench for the Sixers, and on Wednesday night became the youngest player in National Basketball Association history to record a triple-double, going for 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in just 25 minutes of work in the Sixers' season finale against the Bucks.

Philadelphia seems to have got the easier side of the draw in the early rounds of the playoffs avoiding the likes of Raptors or Cavs in the first round.