Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/12/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Friday, March 12, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-2.5)
The Philadelphia 76ers (24-12) are headed to Capital One Arena on Friday where they'll meet the Washington Wizards (14-21). Washington opens this game as 2.5-point dogs. The total is set at 226.5.
The Philadelphia 76ers faced the Utah Jazz and went home with a win by a final score of 131-123 in their last game. Philadelphia wrapped up the game having earned a 51.6% FG percentage (48 of 93) and converted 8 of their 25 three-point attempts. From the free throw line, the 76ers knocked down 27 of 35 attempts for a rate of 77.1%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they earned 50 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 22 dimes for the contest in addition to creating 16 turnovers and getting 9 steals. With respect to defending, Philadelphia allowed the other team to go 44.0% from the field on 44 of 100 shooting. Utah distributed 22 dimes and had 7 steals in this contest. On top of that, Utah collected 52 rebounds (12 offensive, 40 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Utah finished the game at 73.7% at the charity stripe by knocking down 14 of 19 attempts. They also knocked down 21 out of their 44 tries from three-point range.
Joel Embiid is someone who came through in this contest. He totaled 40 points on 14 out of 27 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39:36 minutes played and totaled 19 boards. Embiid went 51.9% from the floor and also distributed 3 assists. One more player that played a role in this matchup for the 76ers was Tobias Harris. He snagged 10 rebounds in his 38:17 min on the hardwood. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field for this game by going 9-of-18 (22 points). When the final whistle blew, Harris had 2 assists.
Philadelphia enters this contest with a record of 24-12 on the campaign. They average 114.7 points per game (10th in basketball) while hitting 47.8% from the field. The 76ers are shooting 36.5% on shots from downtown (382 of 1,047) and 78.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, Philadelphia is pulling down 45.8 boards per contest and has tallied 843 dimes on the year, which is 22nd in the league in terms of passing. They turn it over 15.6 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 20.0 fouls per game. Defensively, the 76ers are forcing 15.1 turnovers per contest while drawing 21.9 personal fouls. The 76ers defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 45.1% (543 of 789) and they relinquish 42.6 boards per contest as a unit. They rank 11th in the NBA in giving up assists with 862 conceded on the season. They are surrendering 36.7% on shots from downtown and they are 11th in the NBA in points per game allowed (111.2).
The last time they took the court, the Washington Wizards took a loss by a score of 127-112 when they played the Memphis Grizzlies. The Wizards collected 33 defensive boards and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 39 in the matchup. They also gave up possession of the ball 9 times, while earning 9 steals for this game. The Grizzlies committed 26 personal fouls in this contest which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for 27 shots. They were able to convert 25 of those for a rate of 92.6%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Washington made 11 of 36 tries (30.6%). When the game finished, the Wizards shot 38 for 95 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.0%. The Wizards permitted the Grizzlies to make 50 of their 99 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.5% in this contest. They went 34.8% from three-point range by hitting 8 of 23 and finished the contest at 19 out of 29 at the free throw line (65.5%). When discussing how they attacked the glass, Washington permitted Memphis to get 60 in all (14 offensive).
Bradley Beal was important for the Wizards for this game. He made 6 out of 22 for this contest for a field goal rate of 27.3%, and earned 3 rebounds. Beal recorded 21 points in his 34:09 minutes on the court and tallied 5 assists for the game. Another guy that was pivotal for Washington was Russell Westbrook. He accumulated 10 assists in his 35:40 minutes on the court, and he knocked down 10 out of 19 from the floor. Westbrook ended up shooting 52.6% from the floor in addition to earning 20 points and 5 boards.
Washington has a win-loss record of 14-21 on the year. Washington has accounted for 4,014 pts on the season (114.7 per game) and they collect 44.2 boards per game. The Wizards are committing 22.2 fouls per contest and they hit 76.9% from the charity stripe. When it comes to offensive execution, the Wizards are connecting on 45.8% from the field, which is ranked 19th in the NBA. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.8 times per game (16th in the league) and they turn it over 14.1 times per contest. The Wizards defensively are ranked 29th in the NBA in PPG allowed with 119.4. The Washington defense gives up 38.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (467 of 1,215) and their opponents are knocking down 77.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 24.1 dimes and 47.4 boards every game, which is ranked 12th and 25th in basketball. They have forced 15.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 47.5% from the floor (24th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-2.5)
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