Offense meets defense when the Washington Wizards (6-13) welcome the Philadelphia 76ers (15-6) to Capital One Arena. The game is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019.
The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 234 points with Philadelphia opening as a 6-point favorite.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards ATS Prediction
In the 76ers’ last matchup, they covered the 5-point spread against the Utah Jazz, 103-94. The combined points for the game (197) came in under the O/U total of 209. The 76ers held the Jazz to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.4 (below their season average of 19.4). The Jazz also had a turnover percentage of 17.5 (above their season average of 13.9). Philadelphia was led by Joel Embiid, who recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wizards fell to the Orlando Magic in their last contest, 127-120. They failed to cover as 1-point underdogs. The game’s combined points (247) were well over the projected point total of 229. Orlando’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest advantage over Washington. The Magic had a rate of 19.5 (below their season average of 23.1), while the Wizards posted a mark of 11.1 (below their season average of 21.9). With 42 points on 16-for-30 shooting, Bradley Beal was the game’s leading scorer.
This battle pits one of the NBA’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Washington ranks fourth in offensive efficiency and Philadelphia ranks fifth in defensive efficiency.
Philadelphia comes into the contest with records of 15-6 straight up (SU) and 10-10-1 against the spread (ATS). Games featuring the 76ers have finished under the O/U total 52.4 percent of the time.
Washington has a respectable record ATS (11-8), despite being 6-13 SU. Games featuring the Wizards tend to finish over the projected point total (57.9 percent).
After the 76ers won two out of three contests against the Wizards last season, these teams will go head-to-head for the first time this year. In the most recent game, Washington won 123-106. Washington made 13 of its 27 three pointers (48.1 percent). Philadelphia, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (24-31; 77.4 percent).
76ers at Wizards Pick
Prediction: ATS Winner – Wizards, O/U – Over
Philadelphia is 5-5-1 ATS on the road with 6 overs and 5 unders.
Washington is 4-4 ATS at home with 5 overs and 3 unders.
Washington is 2-0 when they hold opponents under 100 points, while Philadelphia is 8-0.
The 76ers are 13-3 when they score above 100 points, while the Wizards are 5-13.
Philadelphia ranks first in assists allowed per game (20.1) while Washington ranks 29th (26.3).
The 76ers rank first in second chance points allowed per game (9.8) while the Wizards rank 25th (14.2).
Philadelphia ranks first in rebounds allowed per game (39.4) while Washington ranks 22nd (46.6).
The 76ers rank eighth in blocks per game (5.7) while the Wizards rank 28th (3.8).
Philadelphia ranks ninth in points allowed in the paint per game (45.5) while Washington ranks 29th (52.7).
The 76ers rank second in steals per game (8.9) while the Wizards rank 20th (7.4).
Washington ranks 12th in three pointers attempted per game (34.7) while Philadelphia ranks 26th (29.6).
The 76ers rank 14th in fast break points per game (13.2) while the Wizards rank 22nd in fast break points allowed per game (14.4).
Washington ranks ninth in points off turnovers per game (18.2) while Philadelphia ranks 14th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.9).
In its last five contests, Philadelphia is 1-3-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over.
Washington is 1-4 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders over its last five games.
The 76ers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 4.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Wizards have scored an average of 118.4 points per game (0.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 130.2 points per game (7.3 above their season average).