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Wizards vs. Sixers pick against the spread, best player prop for Game 2

We go over some of the best betting options for the NBA first round 2021 NBA playoff matchup between the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

 Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers celebrates during the third quarter against the Washington Wizards during Game One of the Eastern Conference first round series at Wells Fargo Center on May 23, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers held off the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series last week and will look to improve to 2-0 in the postseason on Wednesday. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal will both have to play at a high level to hold off Joel Embiid and company. Let’s go over the best betting options centered around the matchup at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Wizards vs. Sixers, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV

Pick ATS: Sixers -8

Philly missed covering the spread as an 8-point favorite in Game 1, and Embiid was hardly a factor for over half the game. The Sixers’ best defenders made things hard on Beal and Westbrook when they didn’t get switches. It’s very unlikely that one of the NBA’s most dominant low-post forces will be rendered useful because of foul trouble again, so the Sixers should get an extra boost and cover against the undersized Wizards.

Player Prop: Ben Simmons to record a double-double (+110)

This prop was +210 ahead of Game 1 and Simmons got there without even meeting the point requirement. He grabbed 15 boards and dished out 15 assists against Washington. Philly is taking advantage of its size against the Wizards’ small, three-guard lineup. Washington’s defense is also Iill-equipped to stop Tobias Harris and Embiid. Simmons should hit this prop again with ease as long as the game is competitive through three quarters.

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