The NBA is starting to postpone games left and right due to rosters being thinned out due to COVID protocols. Celtics-Heat was postponed Sunday, Pelicans-Mavericks was Monday and Celtics-Bulls is off Tuesday. As of now, the Heat are scheduled to visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday, but Miami and Philly are both teetering on the edge of not having enough guys to play with a whopping eight Heat guys out due to protocols, led by Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn. The Sixers won't be near full strength themselves – Philadelphia opened as a 7-point favorite on the NBA odds at William Hill Sportsbook.
Adebayo leads the Heat in scoring (14.7 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg). Butler is putting up 15.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Dragic 14.8 points and 5.0 assists and Nunn 5.2 points. Also out: Avery Bradley, Moe Harkless, Udonis Haslem and KZ Okpala.
Meyers Leonard is questionable with a shoulder injury, Kelly Olynyk is probable with a groin problem and Gabe Vincent is probable with a knee injury. Two of those three injured guys will have to be active or this game will be postponed.
Miami's starting lineup will be anyone's guess, most likely Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Precious Achiuwa, Andre Iguodala and Olynyk or Leonard.
Philadelphia is playing the second of a back-to-back after 112-94 loss in Atlanta on Monday. Joel Embiid had 24 points and 11 rebounds after missing Saturday's game with back stiffness.
The Sixers were without a handful of guys either due to injury or protocols, led by Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, Seth Curry, Shake Milton and Matisse Thybulle. Keep in mind that Embiid doesn't always play both ends of a back-to-back so he might sit this one out. Thus, Tuesday could resemble a G-League matchup if played.
Miami won the season series last year 3-1. The teams are due to play again Thursday in Philadelphia.
The NBA has set a special Board of Governors meeting for Tuesday, but it's not thought the league is remotely considering pausing the season.
"We anticipated that there would be game postponements this season and planned the schedule accordingly," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement. "There are no plans to pause the season, and we will continue to be guided by our medical experts and health and safety protocols."
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