NBA Betting Preview: Philadelphia 76’ers vs. Washington Wizards – February 25, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Capital One Arena; Washington D.C.
Date & Time: Sunday February 25, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Washington Wizards -1.5
Over/Under Total: 211.5
Quick Pick: Philadelphia 76ers +1.5
The Washington Wizards will host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday night in a battle of Eastern Conference teams. The Washington Wizards are 34-25 on the season, which is the fourth seed in the East. The Wizards are 7 -3 in their last 10, and have moved to just 1.5 games behind Cleveland for the third seed. The Wizards are 17-11 at home this season.
The Philadelphia 76ers come into the game with a 31-25 record on the season. The 76ers are 13-15 away from home. The 76ers are hhe 7th seed, 2.5 games ahead of the Miami Heat, and just a game behind Milwaukee. The Washington Wizards are -1.5 over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday.
Washington Looking to Bounce Back
The Washington Wizards won three straight games, before their recent loss at home to the Hornets. The Wizards in that loss, allowed 122 points. Defensively, Washington is allowing 105.8 points per game on the season. On the offensive side, the Wizards are scoring more than 107 points per game. The top scorer for the Wizards this season has been sharpshooting Bradley Beal. Beal is scoring more than 23 points per game.
John Wall remains out for the Wizards. The point guard went out after scoring more than 19 points per game, and dishing out 9.3 assists per game. The Wizards lead the Southwest Division by 4 games over the Miami Heat, while Charlotte sits 8 games back. Washington made the postseason a season ago with 49 wins, and they are seeking their 6th straight season of .500 or above in regular season.
Philadelphia's Process Working
The Philadelphia 76ers are using the process, and the process appears to be working. The team continues to improve and win basketball games. The 76ers won just 28 games a season ago. This season – Philadelphia has won six straight games, with more than 100 points in each of those games. The 76ers defense was imporoved, allowing less than 100 points in half of those games.
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are the big dogs for the 76ers. The big man Embiid is scoring more than 23 points per game, and grabbing 11 rebounds per game. Simmons, after a 1 and done season at LSU is second with 16.7 points per game, and 7.4 assists per game. The 76ers are the top rebounding team in all of the NBA with nearly 47 per game.
Philadelphia Downs Washington
The Philadelphia 76ers are going to win this game on the road. The Wizards have been pretty good without John Wall, but they are going to have a tough time figuring out the 76ers in this game. When the 76ers are healthy – they are tough to guard with the inside preocess of Embiid, the slashing of Simmons, and the outside shooting of both Saric and Reddick.
The Washington Wizards are going to go to the postseason, and when they get Wall back will be plenty dangerous. But, in this game at home, they are going to have a tough time. When you are betting on this game, take the Philadelphia 76ers +1.5 over the Washington Wizards on Sunday.