Washington Wizards v Philadelphia 76ers – NBA Betting Preview and Prediction
After losing three in a row, Washington Wizards are now set to play host to Philadelphia 76ers this Friday, at Capital One Arena in what will be their second head-to-head fixture of the season. The first one ended in Wizards’ favor (112:93) and they will look to repeat their success on home court.
Washington’s injury issues
Washington Wizards are entering Friday’s bout against Philadelphia 76ers with 6-13 on the year and 1-4 in the last five. Looking back, Wizards lost to Denver Nuggets (104:117) at the end of November, won their next fixture against Phoenix Suns (140:132) and lost the next three against LA Lakers (103:125), LA Clippers (125:150) and most recently against Orlando Magic (127:120) on Wednesday.
In regards to their clash with Orlando Magic, Washington went down by six points in Q1 (26:32) and further by eight in Q2 (28:36), when they got completely outplayed by Orlando. In the second quarter, Wizards let Magic shot with 62.5%, which secured them a 14-point lead ahead of the second half. Washington switched into a higher gear in Q3 (34:29), where they reduced the gap to nine points. Despite their best efforts, however, Washington fell short in Q4, when they failed to close the gap, and had to settle with their 13th defeat of the season. The final score showed 120:127.
Bradley Beal was the top scorer of the night with 42 points, six rebounds and four dimes. Evan Fournier finished the night as the second-best shooter with 31 points, two rebounds and three assists, while D.J. Augustin scored 24, added six rebounds and one assist. Heading into their next match, Wizards will remain without CJ Miles and Thomas Bryant, with Moritz Wagner listed as questionable. Ian Mahinmi is also out on a long-term injury, meaning Wizards could face 76ers without any centres in their lineup if Brooks decides to sit out Wagner.
Philadelphia 76ers coming in hot
Philadelphia 76ers will travel down south to Capital One Arena with a streak of four consecutive wins behind them and will look to make it five in a row against Washington, who already bested them in October. In 76ers last five, they lost to Toronto Raptors (96:101) and won their next four against Sacramento Kings (97:91), New York Knicks (101:95), Indiana Pacers (119:116) and Utah Jazz (103:94) on Tuesday.
Against Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers started off strong and claimed an 18-point lead by the end of the second quarter (60:42), which set them up nicely to finish the fixture on top. Third-quarter ended much closer compared to the first two, yet it was again 76ers who came out ahead (25:24). In the last quarter, Utah Jazz put up some resistance and outscored 76ers by 10 points (28:18), but ran out of time to close the gap and secure a W. The final score showed 103:94 in favor of the hosts. The top scorer of the night was Rudy Gobert with 27 points, to which he added 12 rebounds and two assists. Tobias Harris scored 26, added nine rebounds and three assists, while Donovan Mitchell scored 18, added two rebounds, one assist and three steals.
Verdict & Prediction
With Moritz Wagner listed as questionable for Wizards, the hosts could in for a tough match as they lack any real quality inside, which leads us to believe they will struggle to match up with 76ers big men. Due to lack of inside presence, we expect Wizards to simply go small and try to dictate a fast tempo of the match by speeding things up. That, whoever will not be a huge difference to how they usually play – fast with minimal defense. If we put two and two together here, it’s easy to see this one is bound to be a high scoring match. 76ers are expected to dominate inside the paint, while we count on Wizards to do some damage from the deep. Expect this one to end in 240s.
Prediction: Over 236.00 Points
Odds: 2.00 Matchbook