Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards - 12/26/21 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Washington Wizards (17-15) vs Philadelphia 76ers (16-16)
Game Info: Sunday, December 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Capital One Arena)
Betting Odds: Washington Wizards +3.5 -- Over/Under: 208.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards play host to the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center on Sunday night.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in a rut as they’ve lost four of their past five games and they will be hoping to bounce back after falling just short to the Hawks in a 98-96 home loss on Thursday. Joel Embiid led the team with 23 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, Tyrese Maxey added 17 points off the bench while Tobias Harris chipped in with 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. As a team, the 76ers shot just 41 percent from the field and a miserly six of 27 from the 3-point line as they worked hard to claw their way back from an early 19-point deficit to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but they went ice-cold when it mattered most as they scored just six points in the final 4:30 to allow the Hawks to escape with the narrow win.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards have been below their best lately as they’ve lost seven of their past 10 games, but they will be aiming for a third straight victory after taking down the Knicks in a 124-117 road win on Thursday. Spencer Dinwiddie led the team with 21 points and 12 assists, Corey Kispert added 20 points, Kyle Kuzma scored 18 points with 10 rebounds while Aaron Holiday chipped in with 16 points and five assists. As a team, the Wizards shot 56 percent from the field and 16 of 37 from the 3-point line as they allowed 37 points in the second quarter to trail at halftime, before exploding for 67 points in the second half to rally past the Knicks to win comfortably in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the 76ers are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 1-5 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall. The Wizards are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following a win and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Head to head, the over is 4-1 in the last five meetings overall and the 76ers are 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings in Washington.
The 76ers are once again without Danny Green while Tyrese Maxey is now listed as day to day, while the Wizards are severely shorthanded for this one as both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Bradley Beal have been placed in the league’s health and safety protocols. The 76ers haven’t been able to build any momentum lately, but with the Wizards so depleted in this one, I think the 76ers take advantage and get the much-needed win here.