Sixers rout Bucks to extend winning streak

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The Heat have won just two times on the road since January 29 and the 76ers enter the first round after closing the regular season on an NBA-record 16-game winning streak.

Fultz only just returned after a long absence on March 26th, but he's been a solid scoring option for the Sixers' second unit in limited minutes - and the superstar potential is clearly there.

While many considered Simmons to be a rare talent, no one could have predicted the one-and-done guard from LSU would have this kind of impact on the 76ers, who posted their first 50-win season and best record since reaching the 2001 NBA Finals.

No, instead there's a national debate as to whether or not Ben Simmons, the star of the team's franchise record 16-game win streak should even be qualified for Rookie of the Year because he was technically on the roster last season. Embiid collided with teammate Markelle Fultz, and the orbital fracture required surgery.

The Warriors have looked vulnerable for the first time in three years without the injured Steph Curry but you'd expect Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson to pick up the slack now the playoffs are upon us. "But me going into the game, I'm going to play the way I play".

"Sixers head coach Brett Brown appeared on NBCSN's Dan Patrick Show (h/t NBC Sports Philadelphia) on Friday and said: "[Embiid] will not play in Game 1. The Heat did not claim the title until the final game of the season, beating the top-seeded Toronto Raptors in overtime 116-109. As he told MH: "They've figured me out now and they can't stop what I'm going to do".

Heat are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. "Unless something remarkable happens, Dan, I don't plan on him playing in Game 1". "Find my guys, get them open shots and do what I can". The Sixers had been cautious this season and initially held him out of the back end of consecutive games on the schedule. He thinks the Sixers are a nice story but they aren't winning the East this season and likely won't do so for a decade. Whiteside leads in rebounds with 11.4 while Dragic tops in assists with 4.8 per game. The Sixers won their two home games and lost the two contests in Miami.

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