The Washington Wizards host the Philadelphia 76ers for Game 3 of their first-round 2021 NBA Playoffs series on Saturday evening. The Wizards enter the game with a sense of urgency after back-to-back losses to the Sixers. Philadelphia holds a 2-0 lead in the series and, as the No. 1 seed in the East, the 76ers are in a tremendous position. The 76ers are just 20-16 away from home this season, however, leaving room for optimism in the nation's capital. Russell Westbrook (ankle) is listed as questionable for Washington.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET. The latest Sixers vs. Wizards odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Philadelphia as a 6.5-point favorite. The over-under for total points is set at 228. Before finalizing any Wizards vs. Sixers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- 76ers vs. Wizards spread: 76ers -6.5
- 76ers vs. Wizards over-under: 228 points
- 76ers vs. Wizards money line: 76ers -250, Wizards +210
- PHL: The 76ers are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
- WASH: The Wizards are 5-3 against the spread in the last eight games
Why the Sixers can cover
Philadelphia is anchored by a tremendous defense, but the 76ers are also stellar on the offensive end, particularly on the offensive end this season. Joel Embiid averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds per game during the regular season, with Tobias Harris averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. Washington has few options to resist either player, and Ben Simmons is averaging a triple-double in the series, putting up 14.0 points, 12.0 rebounds and 11.5 assists per contest.
As a team, Philadelphia is scoring 122.5 points per 100 possessions, an elite mark in the first two games, and the 76ers are generating 2.3 assists for every turnover. The top-seeded 76ers are also dominating the offensive glass, securing 32.6 percent of their own missed shots, and they are producing a tremendous 60.1 percent true shooting mark against Washington.
Why the Wizards can cover
Washington has defined strengths that can give the Wizards optimism in Game 3. They led the NBA in free throw attempts during the regular season, averaging 26.2 shots per game at the charity stripe. Washington is also well above-average in field goal percentage, making 47.5 percent of its shots, and the Wizards also averaged 25.5 assists per game in the regular season. Within this series, the Wizards are grabbing 33.3 percent of their own missed shots on the offensive glass, and Washington's ability to generate second-chance points is helpful in this matchup.
If Westbrook is able to go, Washington has a pair of standout guards to generate offense, with Bradley Beal averaging 31.3 points per game this season and Westbrook easily averaging a triple-double with 22.2 points, 11.7 assists and 11.5 rebounds per game. Defensively, the Wizards are a below-average team, but they do a fantastic job in transition defense. Washington was a top-five team in the NBA in fast break points allowed, yielding only 10.7 per game.
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