2021 NBA Playoffs: Wizards vs. Sixers odds, line, picks, Game 1 predictions from model on 99-66 roll

The Washington Wizards capitalized on a second chance to reach the postseason and their reward is a date with the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. The Wizards rebounded from a loss to Boston in their first play-in tournament game by dismantling the Indiana Pacers on Thursday to secure the eighth and final seed — a stunning accomplishment for a team that was 15 games under .500 in the first week of April. Now they must cope with Joel Embiid and Philadelphia, which swept the three-game season series between the teams.

Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET at Wells Fargo Center. William Hill Sportsbook lists the 76ers as 7.5-point favorites, while the over-under for total points scored is 228.5 in the latest Wizards vs. Sixers odds. Before you make any Sixers vs. Wizards picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s proven computer model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every NBA game 10,000 times and has returned over $9,100 in profit on its top-rated NBA picks over the past two-plus seasons. The model is up almost $900 on its top-rated picks this season and entered the 2020-21 NBA Playoffs on a stunning 99-66 roll on top-rated NBA picks against the spread dating back to last season. Anybody who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Wizards vs. Sixers. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several NBA betting lines for Sixers vs. Wizards:

  • Wizards vs. 76ers spread: Philadelphia -7.5
  • Wizards vs. 76ers over-under: 228.5 points
  • Wizards vs. 76ers money line: 76ers -330; Wizards +270
  • WAS: The Wizards have not won in Philadelphia since March 2016
  • PHI: The top seed in the East has failed to make the NBA Finals in 10 of the past 12 seasons

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Why the Wizards can cover

Washington has a lethal backcourt combination in the tandem of triple-double machine Russell Westbrook and high-scoring guard Bradley Beal, although there remain concerns over the latter’s hamstring injury. Westbrook collected 18 points, 15 assists and eight rebounds, while Beal scored 25 points in only 28 minutes in Thursday’s 142-115 demolition of Indiana. In three meetings vs. the Sixers, Westbrook averaged 22.0, 11.7 assists and 8.0 boards.

Beal struggled with his shot in his first two games since sitting out three contests with the injury, but he was 9-of-17 overall and 4-of-7 from behind the arc Thursday. The league’s No. 2 scorer at 31.3 points per game, he had a pair of huge games against Philadelphia this season, including a career-high 60 points. Center Daniel Gafford, who did not play in any of the three matchups vs. the Sixers, had 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots on Thursday.

Why the 76ers can cover

Philadelphia scored at least 50 points in the paint in each of the three meetings against Washington and much of that was due to the presence of Embiid, who shot over 60 percent from the floor en route to scoring 90 points. Embiid registered five double-doubles over his last seven games and scored at least 34 points in three of them. He had the fifth-highest scoring game against Washington this season with 38 points in a 141-136 victory on Jan. 6.

While second and third-leading scorers Tobias Harris and Ben Simmons averaged a combined 33.8 points and 14.0 rebounds in the regular season, the Sixers got big contributions from others against the Wizards. Guard Seth Curry averaged 12.5 points on the season but boosted those numbers to 18.3 points vs. Washington. Reserve guard Shake Milton, a 13.0-point scorer, also gave the Wizards issues by scoring at least 18 points in all three matchups.

How to make Sixers vs. Wizards picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 232 points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can get that pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Wizards vs. Sixers? And which side of the spread hits in nearly 60 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is on a 99-66 roll on NBA picks.

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