NBA Playoffs 2011: Miami Heat-Philadelphia 76ers Game 5 Predictions

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Miami Heat-Philadelphia 76ers Game 5 Predictions
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The 2011 NBA playoffs have started off in an emphatic fashion with highly entertaining first round series in both the Eastern and Western Conference.

The No. 2 vs. No. 7 matchup between the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers has been largely dominated by the Heat, but the Sixers have still offered plenty of competition as the underdogs.

Miami currently leads the series 3-1 after Philadelphia avoided the sweep last Sunday due to huge three-pointers from Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday in the final minute of Game 4. The Heat were outscored 10-0 in the final 82 seconds of the game in front of a rowdy Philadelphia crowd.

The Heat will look to close out Philadelphia in Game Five in Miami tonight and advance to a highly anticipated second-round date with the Boston Celtics.

Still, the Heat have a lot of work to do before they can eliminate a pesky 76ers team with nothing to lose.

Here are five things to watch of the Heat in the pivotal Game-Five matchup.

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