The Philadelphia 76ers dropped a game to the Magic after topping the Bucks on Christmas Day, but know they can play at an elite level and beat the best. They’ll try to raise their level of intensity again on Saturday as they face a feisty Heat team that got the best of them earlier this month. Miami has one of the best home records (13-2) in basketball and will look to pull ahead of the 76ers in the conference standings at American Airlines Arena. There are plenty of contests on Saturday night 13-game slate, but here we’ll break down the Heat-76ers Showdown matchup.
Joel Embiid ($16,800) seems like the obvious captain choice here for a couple reasons. First off, he averages more points and rebounds than every other player in the contest. Secondly, he has the ability to eliminate the other team’s most valuable player, which is Bam Adebayo ($15,000). Embiid isn’t far removed from a tremendous defensive effort in which he helped shut down the reigning MVP — Giannis Antetokounmpo — on Christmas Day. If he brings that same defensive effort again he’s basically unstoppable.
If you’re going to pick a captain from Miami’s side, it should probably be Jimmy Butler ($14,400). Although he hasn’t been as hot as Adebayo, he averages more DKFP (43.6) and will probably be guarded by a less talented defender. Butler’s ability to have score, rebound, pass, and come up with big steals and blocks could make him the most valuable player on the court.
Most people in this showdown contest will probably have similar choices when it comes to their three most expensive players, so you’ll have to make up for that with productive value picks. Each team has role players who can pop off on any given night, and we want to make sure you choose the right ones this time around.
Tyler Herro ($5,600) is one of the best flex plays you can make here. No player with a price lower than his has a ceiling remotely as high or recent performances that stack up against his own. Herro has totaled at least 30 DKFP in four of his last five contests and wasn’t far from a triple-double the last time he faced Philadelphia. He won’t draw the attention of the Heat’s best defenders and should take full advantage of that.
Another flex play you should consider is Josh Richardson ($7,200). The 76ers wing was instrumental in his team’s Christmas Day win against the Bucks and could continue to ride high because of Wednesday’s result. Although he wasn’t super efficient in his last outing and scored 18 points on 20 shots, Philadelphia played him for 37 minutes and urged him to continue shooting. As long as he has confidence and the support of his teammates, Richardson can put up a respectable amount of fantasy points.