Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 2nd 2022

Stadium: Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia
Logo Washington Wizards
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Logo Philadelphia 76ers
219.5
OPENER
-8

219o -110
CURRENT
-5.5 -110

+180
MONEYLINE
-222

121
SCORE
111

Going into Wednesday's matchup at Philadelphia, the Washington Wizards and 76ers ride mirror-opposite trajectories.

Philadelphia's 118-111 victory over Washington on Monday, in the first game of consecutive contests between the teams, was the 76ers' third win in a row overall.

Tyrese Maxey scored 28 points with Joel Embiid sitting out due to illness, and James Harden added 23 points and 17 assists as the 76ers continued to shake off a season-opening lull. Philadelphia lost its first three games but has since won four of five.

With Monday's loss, Washington dropped its third straight and fourth in the last five after a 2-0 start to the season.

 

 


 

Kristaps Porzingis scored a game-high 32 points for the Wizards on Monday, but the defense struggled, giving up 55.4 percent shooting from the floor to the 76ers.

The Wizards shot 46.9 percent as a team, although offensive catalyst Bradley Beal failed to reach 40 percent individually. He shot 7 of 18 from the field (38.9 percent) en route to 20 points, playing more point guard than his natural two-guard, to help fill in for Delon Wright.

Wright suffered a hamstring injury in last week's 120-99 rout of Detroit, which is Washington's most recent win. Wright is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks.

"We need him to score," Kyle Kuzma said of Beal, according to NBC Sports Washington. "We're putting him in the point-guard position, and he can do it, but he's a scorer. ... He's one of the few guys on our team that can actually get into the paint and that have an emphasis of getting to the paint."

As Washington searches to adjust its offensive approach, Philadelphia looks to continue on its current arc, specifically with contributions from Maxey.

Embiid suggested recently that Maxey should be shooting as many as 15 3-pointers per game. Maxey is a career 40.2 percent shooter from distance, with that mark up to 45.3 percent this season.

And while Maxey made only two 3-pointers on six attempts Monday against Washington, his team-leading scoring effort was integral to the win. So too is the ability for others to pick up the scoring load, with defenses keying on Embiid and Harden.

Harden's 17 assists were the most by any player in an NBA game this season.

"He draws so much attention, he's pretty much getting double-teamed, triple-teamed out there," Philadelphia's De'Anthony Melton said. "So we're just out there trying to find open space, keep moving the ball, and just keep hitting open shots."

Effective scoring has been one marked difference for Philadelphia during its wins. The 76ers are averaging 116 points per game in victories and just 104.8 in losses.

Washington's defense, meanwhile, has allowed 118.5 points per game in the Wizards' losses. Opponents are scoring only 102 points per game in Washington's wins.

In looking for defensive solutions, Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. used Anthony Gill in the starting lineup and played him a season-high 26 minutes against the 76ers.

"We have a lot of talented scorers on our team. We don't need to add another one with me," Gill said, according to The Washington Post. "I think my ability to help other people and be unselfish contributes to (the starting lineup)."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Washington Wizards
106
111
Philadelphia 76ers
PREDICTION
Washington Wizards
106
111
Philadelphia 76ers

Washington vs. Philadelphia Recap MAY 26TH 2021

Tobias Harris set a playoff career high with 37 points to help the host and top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers hold off the eighth-seeded Washington Wizards 125-118 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Harris scored 15 of his 28 first-half points in the second quarter to keep the 76ers in the game early as the Wizards jumped out to a 62-61 halftime lead. Philadelphia outscored Washington 38-31 in the third quarter and 64-56 in the second half.

"I wanted to set the tone early on and just show what we're about all year," Harris told the NBA on TNT broadcast after the win. "We know this playoff run is going to be as tough as they get. We've just got to bring the energy and bring the fire each and every night."

Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and six rebounds, Seth Curry scored 15 and Danny Green and George Hill added 11 apiece for the 76ers. Ben Simmons scored only six points but grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out a playoff career-high 15 assists for Philadelphia.

Bradley Beal paced the Wizards with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 14 assists and five rebounds, Davis Bertans added 14 points and Rui Hachimura, Alex Len and Daniel Gafford each scored 12.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

Harris' previous career playoff high was 29 points on April 18, 2019 against Brooklyn. Simmons became the sixth 76ers player to record 15 or more assists in a playoff game and the first since Allen Iverson in 2005.

Washington trimmed Philadelphia's 11-point lead early in the fourth quarter down to five entering the final minute.

Simmons missed a pair of free throws with the 76ers leading 121-116 and 43.9 seconds remaining, but Westbrook stepped out of bounds trying to corral Gafford's pass with 37.1 seconds on the clock.

After Embiid's turnover on the ensuing possession, Westbrook missed a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds remaining and Embiid and Harris sealed the win at the free throw line.

--Field Level Media

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