Wizards vs 76ers Game 3 Betting Preview
The Gold Sheet offers their NBA betting preview for Saturday evening’s Game 3 clash between the Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards. Washington’s do-it-all superstar Russell Westbrook left Thursday’s game with an ankle injury and didn’t practice on Friday. What can we expect from the Wizards if he’s hobbled?
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The Sixers took a 2-0 series lead on Washington with a 120-95 throttling of the Wizards Wednesday, with “Philly fan” showing their usual amount of class (none) and giving injured Russell Westbrook a popcorn shower as he limped off the court. Westbrook is a bit iffy with an ankle problem (held out of practice on Friday), and the way this matchup is playing out, can’t back the Wiz without their walking triple-double healthy and available. Philadelphia has scored 120 and 125 pts. in the first 2 meetings, shooting 52.5%, with Tobias Harris on fire (28 ppg and 57%), while C Joel Embiid has done his usual thing, scoring 26 ppg in the first 2 while shooting 61%. Ben Simmons is coming off a 22-point game and averaged a triple-double in the first two in the series.
1:30pm/et, TNT: MIL (3-0) MIA
4:00pm/et, TNT: DEN (2-1) POR
7:00pm/et, ESPN: PHI (2-0) WAS
9:30pm/et, ESPN: UTA (1-1) MEM pic.twitter.com/q9CaCHwsAK
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The Sixers are 32-23 as a favorite this season but the Wizards have been much tougher at Capital One Arena the last two months, fashioning a 13-3 SU and 11-5 spread marks at home since March 18, erasing this season’s poor home performances in the first half of 2020-21. Still, all of that progress at home was built around a healthy Westbrook, who averaged 24, 14 and 14 in the team’s final 15 reg.-season games. Pick hinges on Russ. If he’s ready to go, he’ll be in an ugly mood after the incident at the Wells Fargo Center. If not, it could be a tough night for Scott Brooks’ Wizards. Play the Under without Westbrook, and play the Wizards and over with him available.
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