On Thursday night, the Philadelphia 76ers head down I-95 to take on the underwhelming Washington Wizards. Washington is an absolute mess, having dropped three consecutive games and five of their last six. The Sixers, on the other hand, have rattled off four straight victories and have a shot to extend that to six games with this contest against Washington and a Saturday meeting with Cleveland on tap. With that, let’s get into our Sixers-Wizards betting preview.
At 15-6, the Sixers have finally gotten out of fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They’re just a half game behind the Celtics for second place in the conference, which is where many oddsmakers predicted they’d finish the season. The Wizards, who feature a lineup devoid of any real talent beyond elite shooting guard Bradley Beal, are 6-13, which is good for twelfth place in the conference.
Sixers vs. Wizards Odds
Here’s the line for the Sixers and Wizards at DraftKings Sportsbook PA:
- Spread: Sixers -7.5, Wizards +7.5
- Moneyline: Sixers -335, Wizards +270
- Total: 235.5
Bets We Like With a Sixers Win
Sixers Win and Under Total Points (+160, DraftKings)
Despite the fact that Washington has won their last nine games at home against the Sixers, the disparity in talent between the teams is impossible to ignore. To that end, FiveThirtyEight gives the Sixers a 72% chance of winning with a -6 point line. It might end up being a closer game if Brett Brown pulls his starters in the midst of a fourth quarter rout, but it seems inconceivable that Washington will extend that streak to ten games. While both teams have been scoring the rock well, six of the Sixers past seven games have gone under the total points threshold.
Joel Embiid to Outscore Bradley Beal and Sixers to Win (+200, Fox Bet)
This one is a bit tricky. On one hand, Bradley Beal is an incredibly talented guard coming off a 42 point performance in a loss to the Orlando Magic. On the other hand, the Sixers are shutting down opposing offenses as a Top-5 defensive in practically every metric. Joel Embiid should absolutely feast on Rui Hachimura. The only thing working against Embiid’s point total is the possibility that this game becomes an early blowout and he doesn’t play late.
Joel Embiid Over 24.5 Points and Sixers to Win (-133, Fox Bet)
This follows the same logic as the previous bet, but removes the variance of Bradley Beal going off for a memorable scoring night.
Sixers vs. Wizards Prediction
Pick: Sixers win the game and under the total points.