NBA on ESPN: Wizards Host the 76ers to Open Season

Wizards Basketball

Wizards Look to Build on 2016 Success

The fans at Verizon Center will see the Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Wizards open the 2017-18 season when they take their seats on Wednesday. The game is set to tip a few minutes after 7 pm EST. It is being telecast on the Wednesday Night NBA package on ESPN.

The Washington Wizards was one of the NBA’s surprise teams a year ago with 49 wins. They enter the 2017-18 season among the Eastern Conference favorites.

If Joel Embiid can stay on the court the Philadelphia 76ers might be the team making the biggest rise.

Oddsmakers opened the Wizards as -7.5-point favorites versus the 76ers, while the game’s total opened at 215. The line now has Washington as 6.5-point favorites. The total has risen to 217.5.

Wizards are Stacked with Talent

The Wizards spent the off-season thinking about coming up one game short of reaching the Eastern Conference finals. Washington lost a hard fought seven-game series to the Boston Celtics. The Wizards largely kept their core intact as they like what they see.

Wall finished second in the NBA in assists. He was tied with backcourt partner Bradley Beal averaging a team-high 23.1 points per game. Small forward Otto Porter was at the top of the leaderboard in 3-point shooting. Markieff Morris was a two-way threat at the power forward.

The Wizards must focus on the long haul. They need to get by possibly the first month of the season without Morris. He underwent sports hernia surgery before training camp. Jason Smith, free agent signee Mike Scott and third-year forward Kelly Oubre Jr. will help fill in for now.

76ers Need to Stay Healthy This Season

Embiid is one of the league’s top young talents. He is an engaging player and only played in 31 games last season. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft didn’t play in either of his first two seasons because of injuries to his legs and ankles.

Philadelphia signed Embiid to a massive extension earlier this month. The Sixers remain cautious with their prized asset. He is only going to see about 16 minutes a game to start the season.

Philadelphia won both home games against Washington last season. Last seasons top pick, Ben Simmons, missed all of last season with an injury. He enters his first season a true favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors. He is a crafty big-man with point guard skills.

Guard Markelle Fultz, who was the top pick in the 2017 draft, might challenge Simmons for ROY honors. They have to get him healthy as a shoulder injury is limiting the University of Washington product early on.



Recent Form

NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Team Records

Philadelphia 76ers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 101-90-51-43-70-53-2101.60110.90-9.30
vs Div7-95-32-612-3-15-2-17-1105.94109.13-3.19
vs EAST19-3311-158-1829-22-114-11-115-11102.90108.69-5.79
vs WEST9-216-93-1220-1011-49-6101.63107.17-5.54

Washington Wizards

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
Last 105-54-01-53-72-21-5108.40108.100.30
vs Div12-108-34-711-115-66-5104.86104.450.41
vs EAST39-2625-714-1933-3218-1415-18108.66106.681.98
vs WEST17-1311-46-914-15-19-65-9-1109.83109.200.63


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense102.4424107.4721
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense102.4917104.5517
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed42.341941.648
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense109.035108.1324
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense110.265110.3223
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed42.912345.7126

Head To Head Summary

TeamrecordATSO/UAVGAVG ½FG%REB3PTsteals

Head To Head Detail

DateAwayaway scoreHomehome scorelineATSTotalO/UFG% EdgeReb Edge3PT EdgeAway Half ScoreHome Half ScoreAway FG%Home FG%Away ReboundsHome ReboundsAway Three PointersHome Three PointersAway StealsHome Steals
Feb 24, 2017WAS112PHI1208.5PHI217.5OPHIPHIPHI496142.249.443485/2410/2989
Jan 14, 2017PHI93WAS109-10WAS210.5UWASWASPHI565641.448.4495010/318/1769
Nov 16, 2016WAS102PHI1097PHI203.5OPHIPHIPHI485941.854.540418/2310/2886
Mar 17, 2016WAS99PHI949PHI214.5UWASWASPush583944.438.560406/276/33816
Feb 29, 2016PHI108WAS116-12.5PHI214.5OPushWASPHI486048.348.3325310/326/2086
Feb 26, 2016WAS103PHI947.5WAS216.5UPHIWASPHI485242.642.755417/238/25710
Feb 5, 2016PHI94WAS106-8.5WAS213.5UWASWASPHI476042.552.438469/266/2277
Apr 8, 2015WAS119PHI905WAS186.5OWASWASPHI705465.334.845368/159/27411
Apr 1, 2015PHI93WAS106-10WAS190.5OWASWASPHI426539.657.9344710/344/12107
Feb 27, 2015WAS81PHI897.5PHI193.5UPHIPHIPHI424732.33551534/1712/3347

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Philadelphia 76ers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
Apr 12, 2017NY113-114L3209W/O50.5570.007A
Apr 10, 2017IND111-120L8.5211.5L/O46.6790.3213H
Apr 8, 2017MIL82-90L7209.5L/U35.0686.968H
Apr 6, 2017CHI90-102L5.5209L/U36.2677.277H
Apr 4, 2017BKN118-141L2222.5L/O44.3374.0712H

Washington Wizards

DateOpponentscoreResultlineTotalATS Resultfield goal percentagefree throw percentagethree pointersLocation
May 15, 2017BOS105-115L5211L/O45.0079.3110A
May 12, 2017BOS92-91W-5214.5L/U43.0261.905H
May 10, 2017BOS101-123L4217.5L/O38.4682.767A
May 7, 2017BOS121-102W-5214.5W/O52.3888.899H
May 4, 2017BOS116-89W-5.5218.5W/U46.7488.008H

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

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