The Washington Wizards aim to even a best-of-seven series against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Philadelphia took a 1-0 series lead with a win over the weekend, with Washington looking to answer on the road. The game is set as the first of an NBA Playoff triple-header, with Wells Fargo Center playing host to the proceedings. Philadelphia has been sensational at home this season, going 30-7 on its home floor.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. William Hill Sportsbook lists the Sixers as eight-point home favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 229 in the latest Wizards vs. Sixers odds. Before finalizing any Sixers vs. Wizards picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.
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- Wizards vs. 76ers spread: 76ers -8
- Wizards vs. 76ers over-under: 229 points
- Wizards vs. 76ers money line: Sixers -355, Wizards +295
- WAS: The Wizards are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
- PHI: The 76ers are 5-5 against the spread in the last 10 games
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Why the Wizards can cover
Washington has a potential advantage in the backcourt, with a pair of stars in Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook. Beal finished the season second in scoring, averaging 31.3 points per game with a 59.3 percent true shooting mark, and Westbrook produced 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per contest. In Game 1, the pair combined for 49 points, and the Wizards shot 56 percent from the floor as a team, proving they have a high-powered offense.
Washington led the NBA in free throw attempts in the regular season, averaging 26.2 per game, and that aptitude could also provide a boost. The Wizards are also an impressive passing team, generating 25.5 assists per game in the regular season and 26 assists in the opener. Defensively, Washington has its hands full, but Scott Brooks’ team is tremendous at stopping transition. The Wizards are a top-five team in fast break points allowed, yielding only 10.7 points per game to their opponent.
Why the Sixers can cover
Philadelphia has the more talented roster and that was on display in Game 1. The Wizards shot a notably higher percentage than the 76ers, but Philadelphia generated more than double the amount of free throw attempts and produced 13 offensive rebounds to bridge the gap. Beyond that, Tobias Harris had a field day, finishing with 37 points. Harris averaged 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and the Wizards don’t have a bevy of options to defend him.
From there, the best player in the series also wears a 76ers uniform in Joel Embiid, who had 30 points in the opener after putting together an MVP-caliber season with 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. Philadelphia’s defense is also far superior to that of Washington, as evidenced by the Sixers allowing just 1.07 points per possession (No. 2 in the NBA) during the regular season.
How to make Sixers vs. Wizards picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 234 points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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