The NBA is set up with another action packed night on Wednesday. Eleven games are up on the board throughout January 6. One of these games will be between the Washington Wizards and the Philadelphia 76ers. These two teams will look to earn a big win to keep their winning streak going in this one. This game will kick off at around 7:00 PM Eastern time.
Washington has earned a record of 2-5 throughout this season, which has them sitting in twelfth place of the Eastern Conference. The Wizards have won back to back games after an 0-5 start to the season. Washington will look to build upon those back to back wins with another victory in this one. I expect the Wizards to come out strong in this one as they try to carry momentum over.
The 76ers have posted a record of 6-1 so far this season, which has them in the top spot of the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia has won four games in a row coming into this one and will look to knock off the Wizards. The 76ers are looking to keep up their dominant start with another win. If Philadelphia can keep up their strong starts, they could knock off the Wizards in this one.
These two teams are coming in on short winning streaks coming into this one. This should lead to a great matchup as both teams try to enforce their will early in this one. I expect both the Wizards and the 76ers to try and come out hot on Wednesday night as they carry momentum over. If either team can shoot well quickly in the matchup, it could be enough to propel them to the win.
The Wizards and the 76ers met up three times throughout last season. The first meeting was on December 5 in Washington. Tobias Harris finished with 33 points, while Joel Embiid 26 points and 21 rebounds. Rui Hachimura scored 27 points, while Bradley Beal finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans put up 25 points to help lead the Wizards to a 119-113 win.
Philadelphia hosted the second game of the season series on December 21. Bradley Beal put up 36 points and Isaiah Thomas finished with 20 points. Josh Richardson and Joel Embiid both scored 21 points on the night. Tobias Harris finished with 16 points and the 76ers starting lineup combined for 85 points. Philadelphia was able to earn a 125-108 win.
The third game of the season series was during the qualifiers on August 5. Thomas Bryant and Jerome Robinson both scored 19 points for the Wizards, but it was not enough. Joel Embiid finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Tobias Harris scored 18 points as well as the 76ers were able to earn a 107-98 win to finish out the season series.
Washington and Philadelphia also met up to open up this season. The 76ers hosted the game on December 23. Bradley Beal scored 31 points and Russell Westbrook put up 21 points, 11 rebounds and 15 assists. Joel Embiid finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Shake Milton added 19 points off the bench as Philadelphia earned a 113-107.
Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook have had a strong start to this season. Beal has averaged 30.5 points per game. Westbrook is averaging 20.5 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists per game. Thomas Bryant is averaging 18 points per game. Rui Hachimura has averaged 14.5 points per game, while Davis Bertans is averaging 11 points per game.
Joel Embiid has been the leader for this 76ers squad this season. Embiid is averaging 23 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. Tobias Harris has averaged 19.5 points and 8 rebounds per game. Seth Curry is averaging 15.5 points per game, while Ben Simmons has averaged 13.5 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists per game. Shake Milton is also averaging 12 points per game.
These two teams have been leading their stars throughout the early portion of this season. Beal and Westbrook have both started the season off strong as a backcourt duo, while Embiid is dominating the paint. Curry and Harris have helped Philadelphia spread the court more this season, which has made them more dangerous.
Field Goal Shooting
The Wizards have been strong from the field throughout the early portion of this season. Washington has made 47.5 percent of their shots, which is 7th in the league. The Wizards have also made around 37.7 percent of their shots from deep, which is 9th best in the NBA. Washington has also shot 52.9 percent in close, which is 12th in the league.
Philadelphia has also been shooting well from the field this season. The 76ers have made 47.1 percent of their shots from the field, which is 8th in the NBA. Philadelphia is shooting 35.7 percent from behind the arc, which is 18th in the league. The 76ers have also shot 54 percent inside the arc, which is 10th in the NBA this season.
These two teams have shot well from the field this season, but Washington has been slightly better. The 76ers defense has been lethal throughout this season though. Philadelphia has held opposing teams to a field goal percentage of 41.5 percent, which is best in the league. If the 76ers can shut down the Wizards offense, it should be enough to earn them the win.
These two teams are coming in on nice winning streaks, which should lead to a good game on Wednesday night. The 76ers have won three of their last four games against Washington. I expect the Wizards to try to come out better in this one. If Washington can shoot well from the field early in this one, it should be able help them keep it close.
BetOnline has Philadelphia listed as a -6 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the 76ers at home in this one. I agree with the line because Philadelphia is at the top of the Eastern Conference. Washington came up short earlier in the season and I think they will look to do better in this one. I like the Wizards to cover the spread in this game.