76ers vs Wizards Picks and Predictions
True, Washington hasn’t beaten Philly in four tries this season, including Game One on Sunday at Wells Fargo Center. But unlike a lopsided matchup such as the LA Dodgers against the Arizona Diamondbacks, or any team against the Baltimore Orioles these days, the Wizards are not looking too outclassed against the favored Sixers. The Gold Sheet offers their NBA betting preview for this Eastern Conference playoff showdown between 76ers and Wizards.
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In three of the four losses, including Game One, Washington has stayed within the number, and note that all but one of those meetings came before Scott Brooks’ team shifted into overdrive the last month and a half. That one came on Sunday, when Bradley Beal & Co chased the Sixers to the wire, again landing within the number in the process. Washington, which led at the break, was still within 5 points inside of a minute to play, and that came in a game where recently-percolating Russell Westbrook only scored 16 points. Beal, however, was good for 33 against the same Philly defense he burned for 60 points earlier in the campaign. If not for a big 37 points from Tobias Harris, the Sixers might not have even survived.
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Any way to look at this matchup, it doesn’t appear to be an easy go for Doc Rivers’ bunch, especially with the Wiz on an extended 17-5-1 spread uptick since early April, and Brooks reportedly tempted to tweak his rotations slightly to give more minutes to versatile Davis Bertans, who hit 4 of 8 triples in the opener and whose ability to stroke the 3 can serve to open the floor even more for Beal and Westbrook (Bertans played 28 minutes in the opener; expect more court time on Wednesday). A parallel “over” recommendation seems in order as well, with both trending that way lately (Wash 8-4 last 12, Phila 7-4 last 11). Play Wizards and Wizards-Sixers over the total.
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