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2021 NBA Playoffs Handicapping Round 1
(1-3) Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers (3-1)
Date: Wednesday, June 2nd
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
NBA Moneyline Odds: Wizards +235 | 76ers -239
NBA Betting Odds: 76ers -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 229.5
The Philadelphia 76ers were up 3-0 in the series but lost their MVP early in the match after a hard fall and eventually lost Game 4 to the Washington Wizards 122-114.
The teams return to Philly where they’ll tip off Game 5 on Wednesday, June 2nd with the 76ers seeking the gentleman’s sweep.
Wizards head coach Scott Brooks made changes to start the game inserting Daniel Gafford in place of Alex Len and late in the match when he employed a hack-a-Ben (Simmons) strategy to positive effect.
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.
Brooks starting lineup adjustments will get more credit than perhaps is fair. That’s because Embiid was making quick work of whoever was on him until Robin Lopez blocked his shot and he fell hard sustaining an injury.
Without Embiid in the match, the Wizards were able to make the game competitive especially with Simmons being in early foul trouble.
Bradley Beal led the Wizards scoring with 27 points but wasn’t particularly efficient (9 of 23).
Although Russell Westbrook collected another triple-double (19 points, 21 rebounds, 14 assists) he shot 3 of 19 with 13 of his points coming via his 16 free throw attempts.
Rui Hachimura had his best game of the series producing a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Robin Lopez (16), Gafford (12), and Raul Neto (11) all contributed double-digit scoring.
Davis Bertans scored 15 points but left the match in the second half with a strained calf and more concerning he came up limping with no one near him.
Deni Avdija (ankle fracture) and Thomas Bryant (torn ACL) are out for the season.
Losing the game and not getting the sweep wasn’t what the 76ers were hoping for. Yet, the more imperative situation now is making sure the injury to Embiid is a short-term situation and won’t cause him to miss substantial time.
During the season Embiid missed 21 games with a bone bruise to his knee and back stiffness. Philly amassed a 10-11 record in those matches their big man was out.
In the 11 minutes Embiid played, he collected eight points, six rebounds, two assists, and a steal. Philly is likely to sit him on Wednesday for precautionary reasons.
Tobias Harris led the effort for Philly with a double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds plus five assists.
Ben Simmons also collected a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds with three assists. Simmons had missed all nine free throws prior to Game 4 so the Wizards employed a hack-a-Simmons mode down the stretch.
They fouled him three times in the closing minutes with Simmons hitting one of two in each trip.
Tyrese Maxey offered energy off the bench collecting 15 points and will surely get more time in Game 5. George Hill (14), Danny Green (11), and Seth Curry (10) were the other double-figure scorers.
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
Free Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers NBA Prediction:
Game 4 proved a couple of things… First that the hardest game to win is the close-out match and second health (and being lucky with health) is the biggest factor in any series.
Philly won’t make the same mistake twice and back home will be inspired to finish off the series and hope the Knicks extend their series versus the Hawks.
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