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NBA - US Sports: Rivers retains Sixers belief

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers is confident his squad have the quality to overcome Miami Heat despite the absence MVP candidate Joel Embiid.

The first game of the series takes place in Miami on Monday and Philadelphia can be backed at 27/10 to win in the Money Line, while the Heat are 10/11 with a -7.5 handicap in the Point Spread. You can follow the action via our Sports Live Streaming platform.

Sixer hit by Embiid blow

Embiid sustained an orbital fracture and concussion in the Sixers' series-clinching Game 6 win over Toronto Raptors last week, while he is also dealing with a torn ligament in his right thumb.

Philadelphia are understood to be hopeful their All-Star center could be available for Game 3, but he will definitely miss the first two games.

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Rivers backs Sixers to cope

The Sixers had a 6-8 record without Embiid during the regular season but Rivers is confident his team can keep it competitive in Miami before the two teams head to Philadelphia for Game 3.

"We almost won the game in Golden State without Joel so it's possible," said Rivers, via Sportsnaut. "We just have to focus on the two games in Miami and see what happens."

Philly forward Tobias Harris is confident there is enough strength and depth within the squad to challenge top seeds Miami as they look to keep things competitive before Embiid is able to make a return. 

He said: "We're gonna need added efforts from different guys with different opportunities. Overall, we kind of know from the last series what worked for us. We have to move the basketball and just whatever happens, go from there. Guys have to be properly spaced and being prepared and ready."

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