Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Predictions, Odds & Picks
- Philly continues their rather beneficial schedule with a matchup against the ninth-ranked Washington Wizards.
- Washington hasn’t won in the bubble, but their young players show promise for the future.
- The Wizards currently own the worst odds to make the playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total Points||Money Line|
|Philadelphia 76ers||-10.5 -110||O 231.5 -108||-560|
|Washington Wizards||+10.5 -110||U 231.5 -112||+425|
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Sixers at Wizards Predictions and Picks
The Sixers haven’t been particularly inspiring since the season has restarted. But their talent across the board has been enough to make up for some dismal defensive performances. It should be more than enough to take down the lowly Wizards. Considering the poor defensive form, but the stellar offensive form, we expect a high scoring match.
Philadelphia 76ers -560 defeat Washington Wizards
Over 231.5 -108
How to Watch Sixers vs Wizards
|Sixers vs Wizards Information|
|What||Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards|
|Where||The Arena (WWOS), Orlando, FL|
|When||Wednesday, August 5th, 2020; 4:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||NBATV, NBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Philadelphia; 1500AM, 97.5 The Fanatic|
|Live Stream||NBA League Pass|
Philadelphia 76ers (Away) Stats and Preview
|Sixers Key Facts|
|Head Coach:||Brett Brown|
|Standing:||40-27 (6th in Eastern Conference, 11th Overall)|
|Form:||W (vs SAS) – L (at IND) – W (vs DET) – L (at GSW)|
|Sixers Top Performers|
The Sixers have split their first two games of the NBA season restart so far. While they were torched by the Indiana Pacers in their first outing, they were able to squeeze out a late-game victory against the San Antonio Spurs in their most recent outing.
Currently sixth overall in the East, with eyes on fourth place, the Sixers want to dispatch a battered Wizards team in order to bring them one step closer to the top four.
The Wizards will be missing their biggest guns in Wall, Beal, and Bertans. But that hasn’t stopped the success of young center Thomas Bryant. If the Sixers want to go above .500 on the season restart, they’ll need to tighten the screws and protect their basket.
Philadelphia 76ers Roster Notes
(C) Kyle O’Quinn – 3 Aug 2020 – Out (Missed coronavirus test) – O’Quinn was out for Monday’s (Aug. 3) game against San Antonio.
(F) Glenn Robinson – 3 Aug 2020 – Out (Hip) – Robinson is out for Monday’s (Aug. 3) game against San Antonio.
(F) Mike Scott – 2 Aug 2020 – Out (Knee) – Scott is out for Monday’s (Aug. 3) game against San Antonio.
(F) Ryan Broekhoff – 23 Jul 2020 – Out (Personal) – Broekhoff is not expected to play again this season as he has family that is high risk for Covid.
(G) Zhaire Smith – 30 Jun 2020 – Out (Knee) – Smith is dealing with a bone bruise in his left knee and is not expected to play when the season restarts in Orlando in late July.
Washington Wizards (Home) Stats and Preview
|Wizards Key Facts|
|Head Coach:||Scott Brooks|
|Standing:||24-43 (9th in Eastern Conference, 21st Overall)|
|Form:||L (vs IND) – L (at BKN) – L (vs PHO) – W (vs NYK)|
|Wizards Top Performers|
The Washington Wizards were always a long shot to make the NBA Playoffs this season. With two losses to open the season restart, it’s looking like they won’t get to the postseason without winning out.
With their biggest stars and best weapons unavailable, the Wizards are relying on the young duo of Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura to lead the line. Bryant has been excellent in his last two games, averaging a 25 point and 12 rebound double-double. Hachimura on the other hand has struggled with his shooting, only shooting 33.3% in his first two games.
The Sixers have displayed a leaky defence thus far in the schedule, so the Wizards may just be able to get on track offensively. Scott Brooks’ team won’t be able to take home a victory if they can’t sort out their own defensive issues though, as they’ve allowed their last three opponents to shoot an average of 48.6% from the field.
Washington Wizards Roster Notes
(G) Garrison Matthews – 4 Aug 2020 – Day To Day (Personal) – Mathews did not play in Monday’s game (Aug. 3) against the Pacers.
(G) Bradley Beal – 23 Jul 2020 – Out For Season (Shoulder) – Beal is not slated to play again this season as he recovers from a right rotator cuff injury.
(G) Gary Payton II – 23 Jul 2020 – Out (Covid) – Payton II has not joined the team yet in Orlando for the restart of the season later this month.
(G) John Wall – 23 Jul 2020 – Out For Season (Left Torn Achilles) – The Wizards announced that Wall will not play again this season.
(F) Davis Bertans – 22 Jun 2020 – Out (Undisclosed) Bertans has chosen to not play in the NBA restart.
What’s At Stake?
A win for the Philadelphia 76ers would bring them within half a game of the Indiana Pacers who are sixth in the East.
A win for the Washington Wizards would bring them within 7.5 games of the Brooklyn Nets who are eighth in the East.
Over 203 regular season meetings, the Sixers lead the Wizards in the all-time series 119 to 84.
Philly Must Raise Their Defensive Intensity
The ROOK on defense 🔒
— NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2020
After the Sixers’ late-game victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday, head coach Brett Brown was openly disappointed with his team’s defensive effort. The Sixers have allowed an average of 128.5 points per game over their first two matches of the resumed season. The league’s seventh rated defence, the Sixers are not living up to their potential.
After allowing one of the most conservative three points shooting teams in the Spurs to shoot 46.2% from three and 49.5% from three, it is clear there is no buy-in across the board. The Sixers have fought back with their offence, leading to their victory over San Antonio. But against a Wizards team on the brink of elimination, Philly will need to buckle down against a team that overcame a 26 point deficit to beat them earlier in the season.
The Wiz’s Young Leaders are Shining
Thomas Bryant heated it up in the first half! 🔥
32.4 FPTS pic.twitter.com/vmYWeF4pg3
— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) August 2, 2020
Nobody expected much of the Wizards during the season restart. However, the recent play of Thomas Bryant, Jerome Robinson, and Troy Brown has encouraged fans. While they’re missing Beal and Bertans, not to mention John Wall, there is certainly room for optimism amongst this group.
Bryant is averaging 20 and 10 since the season returned, on top of the fact that he is shooting over 50% on three’s with about four attempts per game. Robinson and Brown have also been excellent in the backcourt, accounting for more than 30 points combined. Their offence doesn’t look to be an issue against the Sixers, but stopping Philly’s offence, that is shooting 46.7% from the field.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.