Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Philadelphia 76ers are hosting the Washington Wizards at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 13:00 ET in Game 1 of this Eastern quarterfinal between the first and eighth-best teams of the conference. The Sixers were 10-2 in their last twelve matches and finished on top of the conference. The Wizards finished eighth and were forced into the play-in tournament. They lost in the first game by the Celtics but they won the Pacers in the second and clinched the eighth place. 

The Sixers finished the regular season with a 49-23 record and are 38-31-3 against the spread and 34-38 in over/under. They are coming off home victory against the Magic with a 128-117 score. They rested all of their starters but still had no problem against an inferior Magic team. They shot with 48% from behind the arc and were led in scoring by Tyrese Maxey with 30 points. He made 11-19 from the field and added 7 rebounds and 6 assists. 

Joel Embiid leads the team both in scoring with 28.5 ppg and in rebounding with 10.6 per game, while shooting with 51.63% from the field. Tobias Harris adds 19.5 ppg, 6.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. 

Philadelphia scores 113.6 ppg offensively and have the sixth-best defense, allowing 108.1 ppg. They have a 47.6% field goal percentage and a 37.4% 3-point percentage. They are 5-3 against the spread in their previous eight matches. 

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Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers Predictions 5/23/2021

The Wizards finished the regular season with a 34-38 record and are 41-30-1 against the spread and 36-36 in over/under. They are coming off a home victory against the Hornets with a 115-110 score. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook led the team once again with 25 and 23 points respectively. Beal had another rough shooting night with 8-27 from the field, but added 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Westbrook triple doubled with 15 rebounds and 10 assists.

Beal leads the team in scoring with 31.3 ppg, adding 4.7 boards and 4.4 dimes per game. Russell Westbrook adds 22.2 ppg and leads the team both in boards grabbed with 11.5 and in dimes made with 11.7. 

Wizards have the worse defense in the league with 118.5 ppg but have the third-best offense with 116.6 ppg. They have a 47.5% field goal percentage and a 35.1% 3-point percentage. They are 6-3-1 against the spread in their previous ten matches. Under is 4-1 in their previous five matches.

Philadelphia won all three previous matchups against Washington in the regular season. They won both home matches with 141-136 and 113-107. Wizards are 3-1 against the spread in their previous four matchups. Under is 3-1 in their previous four matchups. The 76ers are 29-7 at home, while the Wizards are 15-22 on the road. Wizards have covered the spread in both Philadelphia games, so pick them once again with +7.5 today. 

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Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers 5/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Time: 13:00 ET 

Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA

Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

TV: TNT

NBA Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -7.5

NBA Totals: +229.5

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