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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(3-0) Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards (0-3)
Date: Monday, May 31st
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
NBA Moneyline Odds: 76ers -280 | Wizards +10000
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 230.5
Monday, May 31st the Washington Wizards host the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3 of their series. The 76ers won the initial game 125-118, took Game 2 via a rout 120-95 rout, and put their foot on the Wizards’ throats with a 132-103 Game 3 victory.
There is a long playoff history between the 76ers and Wizards with five series played between 1971 and 1986. Philly holds a 13-11 game advantage having won three of the series.
Like the Bucks, the 76ers are hoping to finish off their first-round opponents via a sweep. Joel Embiid is making easy work of the Wizards and posting impressively efficient performances.
Game 1, he scored 30 points on 9 of 16 from the field (56.2%) following it up with 22 points on 8 of 12 (66.6%) in Game 2 playing only 26 minutes due to the rout.
Game 3 was more of the same as he scored a playoff-high 36 points on 14 of 18 (77.7%) playing just 28 minutes and sitting out the final frame.
All five starters registered double-figure scores with Tobias Harris delivering a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds plus five assists.
Ben Simmons added 14 points and nine assists while Danny Green and Seth Curry each chipped in with 15 points.
Russell Westbrook played through an injured ankle with his trademark competitiveness posting a triple-double of 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
For Westbrook, it was an efficient night at the office shooting 9 of 18 from the field, 3 of 6 from deep, and 5 of 5 from the line.
Bradley Beal scored 25 points but for the second game in a row, his efficiency wasn’t great. Beal shot 10 of 26 from the field and 1 of 8 from deep.
Rui Hachimura offered 10 points while Daniel Gafford added 18 points off the bench as the only other double-figure contributors.
Scott Brooks said prior to the match the Wizards would need to connect on their 3-point shots but his squad failed to deliver shooting 22.9% taking 35 attempts but making only eight.
While Beal was off the Wizard in the spotlight is Davis Bertans who Washington paid handsomely last offseason but he made only one of his five 3-point attempts and is getting burned on defense.
Deni Avdija (ankle fracture) and Thomas Bryant (torn ACL) are out for the season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The 76ers are 8-2 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Wizards are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 5-5 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Wizards are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
Free Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
As noted perimeter shooting and defense have separated the squads in every match. The Wizards improved over their Game 2 effort of 9.1 percent (2 of 22), but their 22.9% (8 of 35) wasn’t going to move the needle much.
While Washington improved at scoring in the paint and on the break their defense was nowhere to be found with Philly often looking like they were taking shooting drills as opposed to being defended by an elite NBA squad.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: 76ers ATS
Although Westbrook is never one to mail it in, his teammates sure looked like they had already started making vacation plans and the 76ers’ defense on Beal is forcing him to be ineffective. Cue the music – this series is over today.
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