The first-seeded Philadelphia 76ers will host the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of a first-round playoff series on Sunday. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal will take on one of the NBA’s best defenses after making it through the play-in tournament. Can Washington improve to 1-3 against the favorites? Let’s go over the best betting options at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Pick ATS: 76ers -8
Philly swept the Wizards during the regular season and the first two games were actually pretty close. However, Washington isn’t nearly as well-equipped to handle Joel Embiid with its current center rotation. The Sixers’ star big man barely played 20 minutes in his team’s 26-point road win against the Wizards in March and Thomas Bryant’s post presence was sorely missed. Philly can throw Ben Simmons, Danny Green, and Matisse Thybulle at Beal, who is still not 100% because of the hamstring injury he suffered down the stretch in the regular season.
Player Prop: Ben Simmons to record a double-double (+210)
Simmons was just one assist away from averaging a double-double against the Wizards during the regular season. While his aggression on offense can be questionable, his playmaking and rebounding have been a constant. Simmons could be a nightmare for Washington’s three-guard lineup, which starts Raul Neto alongside Westbrook and Beal. If Simmons has an average performance, he shouldn’t have a problem coming close to a double-double.
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