MIAMI – NBA fans fixated with the league standings are not alone.

Sixers center Joel Embiid says he looks at the NBA standings "after every game, literally every day, especially the guys that are in the playoff race with us as far as seedings."

The Sixers (35-28) enter Thursday's game against the Miami Heat with the Eastern Conference's sixth-best record. The Heat (34-31) are two games back in seventh place. Eighth-place Milwaukee has the same record as Miami. The Sixers, however, are just a game behind the fourth-place Washington Wizards (37-28) with 19 games remaining. The top eight teams advance to the playoffs.

"After every day's game, I go and I look to see where you are," Embiid said, "if you dropped or if you went up because a team lost. It happens every day."