The eighth-seeded Washington Wizards will look to stay alive in their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series against the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in a Game 5 matchup on Wednesday. Washington held off elimination on Monday with a 122-114 victory. It was the first time the Wizards had beat the Sixers this season in seven playoff and regular season meetings. Philadelphia will have to try to finish off the series in Game 5 without Joel Embiid, who is out with a knee injury.
Tip-off is at 7 p.m. ET in Philadelphia. The latest Sixers vs. Wizards odds from William Hill Sportsbook list Philadelphia as a six-point favorite. The over-under for total points scored is set at 229.5. Before locking in 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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- Sixers vs. Wizards spread: Sixers -6
- Sixers vs. Wizards over-under: 229.5 points
- Sixers vs. Wizards money line: Philadelphia -260 Washington +210
- PHI: The Sixers are 23-15 against the spread as a home favorite
- WAS: The Wizards are 19-12 against the spread as a road underdog
Why the Wizards can cover
Despite playing through a sprained right ankle and missing 16-of-19 shots from the field on Monday, Westbrook still recorded a triple-double with 19 points, a franchise playoff record 21 rebounds and 14 assists. Bradley Beal missed 14-of-23 attempts from the floor but still finished with 27 points. Robin Lopez added 16 points. Washington held off elimination and beat Philadelphia for the first time in seven meetings this season, including the regular season.
The Wizards had 12 blocked shots in Game 4, their most in the entire 2020-21 season. Daniel Gafford, in his first start of the season, blocked five shots. Westbrook has 12 NBA playoff triple-doubles, the third most in postseason league history. Beal has scored 30-plus points in 10 playoff games, the second most in franchise history. The Wizards will now be without Davis Bertans, who will miss four to six weeks with a right calf strain.
Why the Sixers can cover
The Sixers are preparing to hopefully close out the series without Embiid on Wednesday, and they had a 10-11 record in games he missed during the regular season. Philadelphia, however, has won nine straight home games against Washington including the regular season and playoffs, and may have enough combined firepower to oust the Wizards without the team's signature player. Tobias Harris had his eighth career NBA playoff double-double in Game 4, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Simmons is averaging 13.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists so far this postseason.
Seth Curry has averaged 14.9 points per game in the seven meetings against the Wizards this season. The Philadelphia bench outscored the Washington reserves 51-29 on Monday. Tyrese Maxey scored in double figures for the second time in the series, making 6-of-12 field goal attempts to lead all Philadelphia reserves with 15 points. George Hill made 3-of-5 3-point attempts off the bench and had 14 points, his highest scoring total in a Sixers uniform.
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