MIAMI HEAT AT PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
When: Friday, 8 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
TV/Radio: Fox Sports Sun, ESPN/WAXY 790AM, WAQI 710AM (Spanish)
Records: Miami 29-22, Philadelphia 24-24
Line: Philadelphia favored by 4 points.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS
F: Josh Richardson
F: James Johnson
C: Hassan Whiteside
G: Tyler Johnson
G: Goran Dragic
F: Robert Covington
F: Dario Saric
C: Joel Embid
G: J.J. Redick
G: Ben Simmons
Scouting report: The Sixers have lost three in a row to drop back to .500 and the No. 8 spot in the East, just one game ahead of the Pistons. … Joel Embid leads the Sixers with 23.8 points per game. Embid and Hassan Whiteside traded insults on social media in the preseason after a game in which Whiteside committed three fouls in three minutes and Embid gestured to the Heat bench to get Whiteside out of the game. … Rookie Ben Simmons is averaging 16.7 points, 7.3 assists and 7.8 rebounds. … Philadelphia is fifth in the league with a defensive rating of 103.5, one spot ahead of the Heat (103.8). … This is the first of four meetings between the teams, three in the next 25 days. … The Heat have won 7-of-9 in the series but lost both games in Philadelphia last season. … Miami is 16-12 in the road and is coming off a 91-89 loss in Cleveland in which Miami shot a season-low 10.7 percent (3 of-28) on 3-pointers and was just 14-of-25 from the free throw line. … Miami is without Dion Waiters (left ankle), Rodney McGruder (left tibia surgery) and Okaro White (left foot surgery).