Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards, NBA Basketball Sports Betting, Free Picks, Predictions and Las Vegas Odds

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Philadelphia at Washington, Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
703 Philadelphia 76ers +6½ -110 +225 Ov 217½ -110
704 Washington Wizards -6½ -110 -265 Un 217½ -110
 

The fans at Verizon Center will be treated to a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards when they take their seats on Wednesday.

ABOUT THE 76ERS (2016-17: 28-54): Seeing a team on the verge of making a playoff run with all the young talent, the Philadelphia front office finally went out in the offseason and brought back veterans like shooting guard J.J. Redick and power forward Amir Johnson. “Everybody’s gonna see him make 3s and do this,” 76ers coach Brett Brown told reporters of Redick. “What I see is an incredible leader in the locker room. I see him being amazingly professional with his work ethic and his detail and his preparation to his body. An incredibly prideful pro.” Johnson, 30, signed a one-year deal after spending the last two seasons with the Boston Celtics and will provide toughness in the frontcourt.

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (2016-17: 49-33): Washington made it a point to focus on defense in training camp after finishing 24th in the league in defensive field-goal percentage last season, allowing opponents to shoot 46.6 percent. “I’m sure most teams start off trying to tackle all the fundamentals of the defensive concepts that you’re trying to implement, but we are going through all of them and hopefully we take some pride in it more,” coach Scott Brooks told the Washington Post. “We can score the ball with anybody in the league. … If we can stay the same offensively, I’ll be extremely happy. But if we stay the same defensively, I don’t think that’s going to be good for us.” The Wizards defense will be without one big man to start the season in forward Markieff Morris, who is expected to miss a month recovering from hernia surgery.

Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as -7.5-point favorites versus the 76ers, while the game’s total opened at 215.

The Philadelphia 76ers are about to add two No. 1 overall draft picks to a team already flooding with young talent as “the process” continues to move forward. The 76ers are expected to give Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz their NBA debuts when they open the 2017-18 campaign by visiting the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

Philadelphia bottomed out with 10 wins in 2015-16 but started to see the turnaround take shape last season as Joel Embiid finally took the court following two seasons lost to injury and Dario Saric came over from Europe after originally being drafted by the team in 2014. Embiid, Saric and the rest of the young roster are now joined by the 2016 No. 1 overall pick Simmons, who sat out 2016-17 with a broken right foot, and the 2017 No. 1 overall pick Fultz, who will come off the bench to start but could see time on the first unit as a shooting guard while the 6-10 Simmons runs the point. The Wizards are poised to take a leap forward as well after bowing out of the playoffs in the conference semifinals last spring for the third time in four years. Washington brought back its core by signing Otto Porter Jr. to a $106 million extension and locking in star point guard John Wall with a four-year, $170 million extension.

Washington lost its last outing, a 115-105 result against the Celtics on May 15. The Wizards failed to cover in that game as a +5-point underdog, while the 220 combined points took the game OVER the total.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 114-113 loser on the road against the Knicks. They covered the +3-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (227) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

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Next up:
Philadelphia home to Boston Friday, October 20
Washington home to Detroit Friday, October 20

NBA Sports Betting Tips

1. Wizards G/F Sheldon Mac could miss the entire season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.

2. Embiid (ankle) will have his minutes monitored to start the season.

3. SG Carrick Felix earned Washington’s final roster spot over G Donald Sloan.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Picks: Washington Wizards will cover the spread at -6½ and the game will go over 217½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Warriors 128, Rockets 118 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

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