Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 5/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Philadelphia (-5.5)
Capital One Arena is the venue where and the Washington Wizards (34-38) will take on the Philadelphia 76ers (49-23) on Saturday in Game 3 of their series. Philly leads 2-0. Washington opens this matchup as 5.5-point underdogs. The O/U has been set at 228.5.
The 76ers earned the victory with a final of 120-95 in Game 2. Philadelphia walked away from the contest with a 55.7% field goal percentage (49 of 88) and knocked down 9 of 21 three-point attempts. When they shot from the free throw line, the 76ers buried 13 of 19 attempts for a rate of 68.4%. Concerning pulling down boards, they earned 45 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 26 dimes for the contest as well as forcing 13 turnovers and getting 10 steals. Concerning defense, Philadelphia allowed the other team to shoot 40.2% from the field on 37 out of 92 shooting. Washington doled out 22 dimes and had 3 steals in the game. Moreover, Washington totaled 40 rebounds (13 offensive, 27 defensive) and had 14 rejections. Washington finished shooting 63.3% at the free throw line by making 19 of their 30 tries. They knocked down 2 of 22 attempts from beyond the arc.
Ben Simmons is a player who was a major factor in this contest. He recorded 22 points on 11 out of 15 shooting. He played for 28:34 mins and also pulled down 9 rebounds. Simmons finished 73.3% from the floor and also distributed 8 assists. Another guy that played a role in this matchup for the 76ers was Joel Embiid. He had 7 rebounds in his 26:17 minutes played on the night. He ended up shooting 66.7% from the floor in this game via 8-of-12 (22 points). Overall, Embiid earned 3 assists.
Philadelphia comes into this contest with a mark of 49-23 on the year. The 76ers are hitting 37.4% on three-point attempts (811 of 2,169) and 76.7% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 113.6 points per game (14th in the league) on 47.6% from the floor. They are giving up possession 14.4 times per game and as a unit they commit 20.2 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Philadelphia is grabbing 45.1 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 1,706 dimes this season, which is 22nd in basketball in terms of passing. Defensively, the 76ers are forcing 15.6 turnovers per game and they draw 21.0 fouls. The 76ers defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 45.3% (1,122 of 1,509) and they surrender 42.9 boards per game as a team. They are currently ranked 5th in the NBA in allowing assists to the opposition with 1,694 conceded this year. They are surrendering 36.0% on shots from distance while they are 6th in the league in points per game allowed (108.1).
In their Game 2 loss, the Wizards were able to collect 27 defensive boards and 13 offensive rebounds for a total of 40 in this matchup. They turned it over 13 times, while getting 3 steals for the contest. The 76ers committed 21 fouls in this game which got the Wizards to the free throw line for 30 attempts. They were able to convert 19 of the free throws for a percentage of 63.3%. When talking about shots from beyond the arc, Washington made 2 out of their 22 tries (9.1%). Overall, the Wizards finished 37 out of 92 from the floor which had them shooting 40.2%. The Wizards permitted the 76ers to make 49 out of their 88 attempts from the field which gave them a rate of 55.7% for the matchup. They finished 42.9% from 3-point land by hitting 9 out of 21 and ended up shooting 13 of 19 from the free throw line (68.4%). In regard to cleaning the glass, Washington permitted Philadelphia to collect 45 overall (8 offensive).
Bradley Beal was important for the Wizards for the matchup. He buried 14 of 28 in the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and had 4 rebounds. Beal scored 33 points in his 34:36 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 3 dimes in this matchup. Someone else who came through for Washington was Rui Hachimura. He wrapped the game up with 1 assist in 25:50 mins played, and he converted 4 of 6 from the floor. Hachimura finished going 66.7% from the floor in addition to totaling 11 points and 7 rebounds.
Washington has a mark of 34-38 for the campaign. Washington has accumulated 8,398 points on the season (116.6 per contest) and they snag 45.2 rebounds per game. The Wizards commit 21.6 fouls per game and they hit 76.9% from the charity stripe. As an offense, the Wizards are shooting 47.5% from the field, which ranks 10th in basketball. They are dishing out assists 25.5 times per contest (13th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.4 times per contest. The Wizards defensively are ranked 30th in basketball in points per game surrendered with 118.5. They are able to force 14.7 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 47.1% from the floor (20th in the league). The Washington defense gives up 36.9% from downtown (896 of 2,425) and their opposition makes 78.1% of their foul shots. They have allowed 24.5 assists and 46.1 boards per game, which is ranked 12th and 24th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Philadelphia (-5.5)
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