The Wizards have looked a bit lost, since arriving at the NBA bubble. Missing Bradley Beal hasn’t made it easy for Washington to gain any kind of momentum, even against similarly positioned teams. They enter this contest as 10.5-point underdogs against a 76ers team that has had some difficulties closing games lately. While the 76ers are assured a playoff spot no matter what happens the rest of the way, they are entering desperation mode to developing their own consistency on the court and finding more comfortable ways to win. Until they show that, this number seems a bit big to back right now. The Wizards and 76ers however have been consistently hitting the ~105 and ~120 PPG marks in their seeding games. Philly should be able to come out with more urgency today and have an easier time scoring the ball against a struggling Wizards team.
Pick: Over 229.5 – This number has been coming down since the open of 233, so as long as the total does not go north of 231 there is value to be had on this side.