The Washington Wizards (3-18) travel to face off against the Philadelphia 76ers (14-7) on Monday, December 11th. This game will be played at Wells Fargo Center in Wells Fargo Center and televised on NBCS. The 76ers are coming off a win in their previous game, while the Wizards are looking to get back on track from a loss to the Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET.
Wizards vs 76ers
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Washington’s most recently played the Nets and lost with a final score of 124-97. the Wizards not only lost the game outright but also fell short of covering the spread as +9 point underdogs. When it comes to the over/under, the total of 221 points ended up falling short of the over/under line set at 239.5.
With a 3-18 overall record, the Wizards will have to be at their best today in order to come away with a win as they are +11.5 point underdogs. When facing other Eastern Conference teams, the Wizards are 2-17 compared to a 1-1 record in non-conference matchups.
Washington’s ATS record sits below .500 (9-12). Washington has failed to cover the spread in seven straight home games and are 1-7 ATS at home compared to 8-5 on the road.
The 76ers Are Coming Off A Win
In their most recent game, the 76ers took down the Hawks by a score of 125-114. 76ers’ victory in this game wasn’t just a straight-up win; they also covered the spread as -9-point favorites. The over/under line heading into this matchup was 235 points in which the two teams surpassed.
With an overall record of 14-7, the 76ers are looking to build on their two game winning streak. Currently, they are in 4th place in the Eastern Conference and are 2nd in the Atlantic division.
Against the spread, Philadelphia have an above .500 record vs. the spread sitting at 15-6 ATS. As the favorite this season, Philadelphia is 12-4 vs. the spread while going 3-2 as the underdog.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
Coming into today’s action, Washington is averaging 116.3 points per contest. This figure places them 10th in the league. So far, Washington is averaging 102.9 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. The team has not only adopted an up-tempo pace but has also integrated this style with one of the NBA’s top field goal percentages, currently at 48%.
76ers Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the 76ers’ offense is rated 4th in the league in scoring, averaging 120.9 points per contest. So far, the 76ers are averaging 98.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 37% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Wizards Team Defense
At present, the Wizards’ defense is ranked 30th, allowing 125.3 points per game.
In their previous game, the Wizards’ defense struggled against the Nets, giving up 124 points on a field goal percentage of 41%.
76ers Team Defense
The 76ers’ defense is presently ranked 18th in the league, allowing an average of 113.8 points per contest.
In the terms of takeaways, 76ers are causing 12.5 turnovers per game, ranking 9th in the league. They also enter the matchup ranked 5th in rejections, averaging 6.1 blocked shots each game.
Key Players For The Wizards And 76ers
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Kyle Kuzma will be the primary scorer for the Wizards, with 17 points and going 7/14 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 22.9 points per game, along with 5.8 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Joel Embiid as the leading scorer for the 76ers. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 21 while also collecting 7 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 51% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 33.3 points per game.
Wizards vs 76ers Trends
- Although Washington has a straight up record of 0-3 in their last three road games, they have not held up as well vs the spread going 1-2. The team averaged 114 points per game in these games.
- Philadelphia has a 2-3 record in their last five home games. In this stretch, they averaged 118 points per game while allowing 122. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- As the betting underdog, the Wizards have an ATS mark of just 2-3 in their last five games. Washington posted a straight up mark of 1-4 in these matchups.
- As the betting favorite, the 76ers have an ATS record of 4-1 in their last five games. In these matchups their, straight up record was 4-1.
For a pick on the point-spread in this 76ers vs. Wizards matchup, our bet is to grab the Wizards at +11.5. Even though our projections have the 76ers winning 115-109, we see the Wizards as the play on the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 244.5, and our model projects the Wizards and 76ers to reach a combined total of 224 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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