The Washington Wizards (23-27) visit Wells Fargo Center Wednesday to take on the Philadelphia 76ers (31-19). Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Wizards vs. 76ers odds and lines, and make our expert NBA picks, predictions and bets.
The Wizards will be playing the second night of a back-to-back and will be playing their third straight road game.
Washington will be without SG Bradley Beal, who ranks 17th in the NBA at 23.2 points per game (PPG). The Wizards are 1-9 against the spread (ATS) over their last 10 and are 19-30-1 ATS on the season.
The 76ers enter on a five-game win streak and have alternated covering the spread and not covering over their last nine games. Their most recent outing was a 122-119 overtime victory as 3.5-point home underdogs to the Memphis Grizzlies Monday.
The 76ers are 6-4 ATS over their last 10 and 25-24-1 ATS on the season.
Wizards at 76ers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Wizards +470 (bet $100 to win $470) | 76ers -700 (bet $700 to win $100)
Against the spread: Wizards +10.5 (-108) | 76ers -10.5 (-112)
Over/Under (O/U): 213.5 (O: -112 | U: -108)
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Wizards at 76ers key injuries
SG Bradley Beal (wrist) out
SG Shake Milton (back) out
SG Furkan Korkmaz (knee) out
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Wizards at 76ers odds, lines, picks and predictions
76ers 110, Wizards 99
There’s no chance I’d consider a -700 favorite, especially against a Washington side that could make a playoff run. Similarly, the Wizards will be without their star and will more than likely not pull off the upset.
Against the spread
LEAN to the 76ERS -10.5 (-112).
The Wizards without Beal certainly doesn’t bode well, but almost every trend points to the Sixers being the better play here.
Washington is 2-6-1 ATS with a rest disadvantage, the worst covering rate in the NBA under those circumstances. The Wizards are 2-3-1 ATS playing on no rest and 6-10-1 ATS as road underdogs.
Philadelphia held one of the strongest home-court advantages a season ago with just 7 losses. The 76ers are led by MVP-favorite C Joel Embiid (29.1 PPG, 10.8 rebounds per game), and given the Wizards’ small frontcourt, he should be able to have his way at home.
BET UNDER 213.5 (-108).
Washington is on the second night of a back-to-back and should be playing on tired legs.
Without its automatic scorer in Beal, Washington looked lost against Milwaukee in Tuesday’s 14-point defeat. The Wizards scored just 98 points as the game failed to hit the 228.5 total. Washington has gone Under in 4 of its last 5 games.
Meanwhile, the Sixers play at one of the slowest paces in the NBA and rank fourth in turnover rate, so they’ll be able to extend possessions and play a half-court style of basketball through Embiid.
Philadelphia is 20-28-2 O/U this season. Washington is 25-24-1 O/U.
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