Two teams sitting on mirror sides of the Eastern conference table are clashing today, when the fourth-worse Washington Wizards (6-13), who have won only once in their last six games, are hosting the fourth-best Philadelphia 76ers (15-6), who, on the other hand, have lost once in their last nine.
Date/Time: 12-05-2019, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Washington Wizards +7
Washington Wizards have a 6-13 record (10-8-1 against the spread) so far this season and are sitting in the 12th place of the East. They have lost five of their last six matches and in their last game they lost at home to the Magic (120-127), not beating the odds.
They are led in scoring by Bradley Beal with 28.7 ppg, adding 4.4 rebounds and a team-high 7.2 assists per game. He is followed by Thomas Bryant with 13.9 ppg and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game, but he is out with an injury.
Philadelphia 76ers have a 15-6 record (9-11-1 against the spread) so far this season and are tied with the Heat in the 4th place of the East. They have won eight of their last nine matches and in their last game they defeated the Jazz at home (103-94), beating the odds.
They are led in scoring by Joel Embiid with 22.4 ppg, adding a team high 12.2 rebounds per game. He is followed by Tobias Harris with 18.4 ppg and 7.2 rebounds per game.
In their four meetings last season, both teams split wins (2-2), with each team winning twice at home (the Wizards won by an average of 16 points). The Wizards are 3-5 at home, while the the Sixers are 5-6 on the road.
The Wizards have the third-best offense in the league, scoring 118.9 ppg to the Sixers’ 108.6, but they also have the worst defense, allowing 122.9 ppg to Sixers’ 103.7. They have better percentages both in field goals (47.8% to 46.6%) and in 3-pointers (37.1% to 35.7%).
The Sixers, on the other hand, are better in rebounding (46.3 to 41.8), while the Wizards are better both in assists made (28.4 to 26.1) and in turnovers committed (14.6 to 16.5).
Bookmakers give the Sixers a -7 spread and the Wizards’ only win in the last 6 games has been against the Suns, so it is safe to pick the guests in this one.
Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -7 (-110)