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Heat vs 76ers Game 5 Injury Report: Kyle Lowry Out Again as Series Tightens

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May 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives against
May 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) drives against / Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

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Philadelphia 76ers - SIC team health score 90.6

The return of Joel Embiid has re-invigorated the Philadelphia 76ers, leading to a tied series heading into Game 5 in Miami. 

Embiid is averaging 21 points and 11 rebounds on 48% shooting in his first two games back since suffering a fractured left orbital bone and concussion. FanDuel Sportsbook has the over/under for his points and rebounds at 25.5 and 11.5.

His presence has opened up more scoring chances for James Harden, Danny Green, and Tobias Harris, among others, while he is at war with Bam Adebayo. Harden scored a playoff-high 31 points with nine assists and seven rebounds while hitting six threes – tied for his highest total this season – in Game 4. FanDuel Sportsbook has Harden’s points and assists set at 20.5 and 8.5 and his made threes at 2.5. 

Miami Heat - SIC team health score 83.9 

Miami is suddenly in the middle of a contentious 2-2 series after the return of Joel Embiid led to two close 76ers wins in Philadelphia.

The Heat will miss veteran point guard Kyle Lowry after he aggravated his left hamstring strain in Game 4. Lowry was ineffective in the two games since his return, scoring a combined six points with 10 assists and seven rebounds on 3-14 shooting.

Gabe Vincent will step back into the starting lineup while Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler will see increased playmaking opportunities. FanDuel Sportsbook has the over/under for points for Vincent, Herro, and Butler set at 8.5, 18.5, and 25.5, respectively.

In their two wins this series, Herro is averaging 21.5 points and five assists on .556/.636/.857 splits, while in the two losses, he is averaging 12.5 points and one assist on .333/.250/1.000 splits. 

Best FanDuel Injury-Based Plays

Jimmy Butler O 6.5 assists - Butler has been Miami’s top offensive playmaker in the playoffs and will have even more opportunities without Lowry

Victor Oladipo O 12.5 points - He's the primary ball handler in the second unit and will likely see more shot opportunities with Lowry out

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