Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers Prediction, 12/23/2020 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+7.5)
Wells Fargo Center is the venue where and the Philadelphia 76ers (43-30 last year) will play the Washington Wizards (25-47 last season) on Wednesday. The odds on this game have Philadelphia as 7.5-point favorites. The O/U opens at 229.
Washington comes into this game after finishing with a record of 25-47 last season. They had an average of 114.4 points per game (7th in the NBA) on 45.7% from the floor. The Wizards shot 36.8% on 3-point shots (864 of 2,345) and 78.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Washington pulled in 42.0 boards per game and totaled 1,801 assists last season, which had them ranked 12th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They gave up possession 14.2 times per contest and as a team committed 22.7 fouls every game. On the defensive end of the court, the Wizards were able to force 16.2 turnovers every game and they drew 22.2 personal fouls. They conceded 37.6% on 3-point attempts and they were ranked 29th in the league in PPG allowed (119.1). The Wizards gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.8% (3,104 of 6,363) and they surrendered 46.2 rebounds per game as a team. They were ranked 25th in basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,814 conceded last year.
The Washington Wizards faced the Boston Celtics and took home the win by a score of 96-90 in their last game. Washington ended the game having earned a 38.6% FG percentage (34 of 88) and buried 10 out of their 26 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Wizards buried 18 of 24 tries for a rate of 75.0%. In the matter of grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 56 with 18 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 22 assists in the game in addition to earning 11 steals and 6 blocked shots. When discussing the defense, Washington allowed the other team to go 39.8% from the floor on 35 of 88. Boston distributed 22 assists and 8 steals for this game. On top of that, the Celtics totaled 51 rebounds (13 offensive, 38 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Boston finished 85.7% at the charity stripe by converting 12 of their 14 attempts. They also made 8 out of their 35 attempts from distance.
Troy Brown is a player who saw a lot of action for this contest. He finished with 17 points on 5 of 16 shooting. He played 33:45 and snagged 8 boards. Brown finished the contest at 31.3% from the field and dished out 3 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Wizards was Thomas Bryant. He collected 9 rebounds and tallied 2 assists. He finished 66.7% from the field for this contest by connecting on 10-of-15 (26 points). When the game finished, Bryant played for 32:51.
Philadelphia had a mark of 43-30 last year. When it comes to executing on offense, the 76ers shot 46.8% from the floor, which ranked 11th in the NBA. Philadelphia scored 8,084 pts over the course of last season (110.7 per game) and they pulled in 45.4 rebounds per game. They assisted teammates 25.8 times per contest (8th in the NBA) and they coughed up possession 14.2 times per contest. The 76ers were responsible for committing 20.9 personal fouls every game and they shot 75.5% from the charity stripe. The 76ers on the defensive end were ranked 6th in the league in points given up per game with 108.4. They surrendered 22.8 dimes and 41.8 boards per contest, which ranked them 4th and 1st in basketball. The Philadelphia defense conceded 35.3% on 3-point shots (759 of 2,148) and their opponents made 75.1% of their free throw shots. They forced 13.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and let teams shoot 46.3% from the field (16th in basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Philadelphia 76ers took a loss by a score of 110-106 when they played the Boston Celtics. The 76ers pulled down 31 defensive boards and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this contest. They turned away 5 shots while earning 7 steals in the game. The Celtics were called for 25 personal fouls in this contest which took the 76ers to the charity stripe for 34 tries. They were able to convert 27 of those for a clip of 79.4%. In reference to shooting from beyond the arc, Philadelphia converted 9 out of 34 tries (26.5%). Overall, the 76ers finished shooting 35 out of 82 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.7%. The 76ers allowed the Celtics to make 38 out of their 82 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 46.3% in this contest. They finished the game shooting 34.3% from three-point range by going 12 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 22 of 29 from the free throw line (75.9%). When it comes to team rebounding, Philadelphia allowed Boston to collect 42 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Joel Embiid saw the court a lot for the 76ers in the matchup. He knocked down 8 of 18 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 44.4%, which gave him 30 points. Embiid pulled down 10 boards in his 37:23 of playing time and tallied 2 assists for this contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Philadelphia was Josh Richardson. He ended up with 14 points in his 36:27 on the court by going 2 out of 10 shooting for the game. Richardson ended up shooting 20.0% from the floor in addition to totaling 5 assists and 3 boards.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-7.5)
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