The Philadelphia 76ers (15-6) enter this game on a four-game winning streak, having won eight of their past nine games. The Washington Wizards (6-13) have lost five of their past six games and are hurting not only on defense, but throughout their roster.
Thomas Bryant is sidelined with a foot injury and C.J. Miles had surgery for a wrist injury. Ian Mahinmi (Achilles) and Mortiz Wagner (Ankle) are also questionable for Washington tonight. On the Sixers side, Josh Richardson (hamstring) has already been ruled out. That covers all the major injuries, so let’s take a look at some lines on DraftKings Sportsbook:
76ers vs. Wizards spread, over/under, money line
Spread: Wizards (+7.5)
Money line: Wizards (+270), Sixers (-335)
With how banged up the Wizards are and how well the Sixers have been playing, I’m surprised this line isn’t double-digits, to be honest. Philly doesn’t generally blow teams out, especially on the road, but still, the 76ers are positioned to win this game easily. Joel Embiid should feast down low with Washington’s front court thin — he probably would have even it it wasn’t. As for the O/U, I think it hits considering how many points the Sixers should score (120-130). Right now, Philly’s implied total is at around 120. Although the line is being bet down a bit, so I would monitor things and try to get a more favorable line. The Sixers are 5-6 on the road, so there’s some value in Wizards at +270, but I just can’t see them winning this game straight up. A backdoor cover, maybe. But not a win.
Prediction: Sixers 124, Wizards 112
Ben Simmons prop bets
If there were ever a night for Ben Simmons to take a 3-pointer and nail it, I think this is a good spot. He should be shooting a bit more given the way the Wizards play and Washington is allowing opponents to shoot 38.2% from downtown. Simmons’ O/U for 3’s is set at 0.5 and it’s +1200, which are insane odds. I get that Simmons is reluctant to shoot, but if I’m coach Brett Brown, I’m telling my star to chuck a little bit tonight and see what happens.
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