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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.

 

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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Philadelphia 28-54 49-32-1 102.44 108.13 -5.69 25-15-1 24-17 42-38-2 19-21-1 23-17-1
Washington 56-39 47-47-1 109.03 107.47 1.56 27-20 20-27-1 58-35-2 26-20-1 32-15-1
Power Stats
Assists Turnovers
Name Assists Turnovers Ratio
PHI 23.77 16.02 1.48
WAS 23.71 13.37 1.77
Rebounding
Name Offense Defense Total
PHI 9.84 33.00 42.84
WAS 10.38 32.46 42.84
ShootingPercentage
Name Offense Defense Differential
PHI 44.19 46.07 -1.88
WAS 47.25 46.52 0.73
Team Records

Philadelphia 76ers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 28-54 17-24 11-30 49-32-1 25-15-1 24-17 102.44 108.13 -5.69
Last 10 1-9 0-5 1-4 3-7 0-5 3-2 101.60 110.90 -9.30
vs Div 7-9 5-3 2-6 12-3-1 5-2-1 7-1 105.94 109.13 -3.19
vs EAST 19-33 11-15 8-18 29-22-1 14-11-1 15-11 102.90 108.69 -5.79
vs WEST 9-21 6-9 3-12 20-10 11-4 9-6 101.63 107.17 -5.54

Washington Wizards

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 56-39 36-11 20-28 47-47-1 27-20 20-27-1 109.03 107.47 1.56
Last 10 5-5 4-0 1-5 3-7 2-2 1-5 108.40 108.10 0.30
vs Div 12-10 8-3 4-7 11-11 5-6 6-5 104.86 104.45 0.41
vs EAST 39-26 25-7 14-19 33-32 18-14 15-18 108.66 106.68 1.98
vs WEST 17-13 11-4 6-9 14-15-1 9-6 5-9-1 109.83 109.20 0.63

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 102.44 24 107.47 21
Away Team Away Scoring vs Home Team Home Defense 102.49 17 104.55 17
Away Team Road Rebounds vs Home Team Home Rebounds Allowed 42.34 19 41.64 8
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 109.03 5 108.13 24
Home Team Home Scoring vs Away Team Road Defense 110.26 5 110.32 23
Home Team Home Rebounds vs Away Team Road Rebounds Allowed 42.91 23 45.71 26

Head To Head Summary

Team record ATS O/U AVG AVG ½ FG% REB 3PT steals
Philadelphia 3-7 5-5 5-5 98.40 55.60 46.90 49.00 62/200 6.80
Washington 7-3 5-5 5-5 105.30 50.50 42.56 41.20 94/298 9.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away away score Home home score line ATS Total O/U FG% Edge Reb Edge 3PT Edge Away Half Score Home Half Score Away FG% Home FG% Away Rebounds Home Rebounds Away Three Pointers Home Three Pointers Away Steals Home Steals
Feb 24, 2017 WAS 112 PHI 120 8.5 PHI 217.5 O PHI PHI PHI 49 61 42.2 49.4 43 48 5/24 10/29 8 9
Jan 14, 2017 PHI 93 WAS 109 -10 WAS 210.5 U WAS WAS PHI 56 56 41.4 48.4 49 50 10/31 8/17 6 9
Nov 16, 2016 WAS 102 PHI 109 7 PHI 203.5 O PHI PHI PHI 48 59 41.8 54.5 40 41 8/23 10/28 8 6
Mar 17, 2016 WAS 99 PHI 94 9 PHI 214.5 U WAS WAS Push 58 39 44.4 38.5 60 40 6/27 6/33 8 16
Feb 29, 2016 PHI 108 WAS 116 -12.5 PHI 214.5 O Push WAS PHI 48 60 48.3 48.3 32 53 10/32 6/20 8 6
Feb 26, 2016 WAS 103 PHI 94 7.5 WAS 216.5 U PHI WAS PHI 48 52 42.6 42.7 55 41 7/23 8/25 7 10
Feb 5, 2016 PHI 94 WAS 106 -8.5 WAS 213.5 U WAS WAS PHI 47 60 42.5 52.4 38 46 9/26 6/22 7 7
Apr 8, 2015 WAS 119 PHI 90 5 WAS 186.5 O WAS WAS PHI 70 54 65.3 34.8 45 36 8/15 9/27 4 11
Apr 1, 2015 PHI 93 WAS 106 -10 WAS 190.5 O WAS WAS PHI 42 65 39.6 57.9 34 47 10/34 4/12 10 7
Feb 27, 2015 WAS 81 PHI 89 7.5 PHI 193.5 U PHI PHI PHI 42 47 32.3 35 51 53 4/17 12/33 4 7

NBA Betting Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Philadelphia 76ers

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
Apr 12, 2017 NY 113-114 L 3 209 W/O 50.55 70.00 7 A
Apr 10, 2017 IND 111-120 L 8.5 211.5 L/O 46.67 90.32 13 H
Apr 8, 2017 MIL 82-90 L 7 209.5 L/U 35.06 86.96 8 H
Apr 6, 2017 CHI 90-102 L 5.5 209 L/U 36.26 77.27 7 H
Apr 4, 2017 BKN 118-141 L 2 222.5 L/O 44.33 74.07 12 H

Washington Wizards

Date Opponent score Result line Total ATS Result field goal percentage free throw percentage three pointers Location
May 15, 2017 BOS 105-115 L 5 211 L/O 45.00 79.31 10 A
May 12, 2017 BOS 92-91 W -5 214.5 L/U 43.02 61.90 5 H
May 10, 2017 BOS 101-123 L 4 217.5 L/O 38.46 82.76 7 A
May 7, 2017 BOS 121-102 W -5 214.5 W/O 52.38 88.89 9 H
May 4, 2017 BOS 116-89 W -5.5 218.5 W/U 46.74 88.00 8 H

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

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