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Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 11/1/13

Philadelphia 76ers (1-0) at Washington Wizards (0-1)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards -10 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds


The Washington Wizards welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to town on Friday night in their home opener.

Head to head, the 76ers are 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Washington. The Wizards are 190-7 ATS in their last 26 home games, but just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Philadelphia on the other hand are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games playing on 1 days rest and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

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Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers - 11/1/13

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Facing another playoff hopeful, the Washington Wizards weren’t able to kick their season off with a win on Wednesday night, falling to the Detroit Pistons 113-102 away from home. Despite 28 points and 10 rebounds from Trevor Ariza, it wasn’t enough to get the Wizards past the new-look Pistons, who used their size to outscore the visitors 56-28 in the paint. John Wall, who signed a massive extension in the summer,  had 20 points and 11 assists, but was just 8 of 21 from the field. Bradley Beal also chipped in with 17 points, but he needed 18 shots to do so, making just six of those.

While Washington wasn’t able to kick start their season with a win, the same can’t be said for the Philadelphia 76ers, who were the talk of the town after they took down the reigning champion Miami Heat 114-110 in their home opener on Wednesday night. Billed as the worst team in the league this season, the 76ers looked anything but as they stunned the visitors out of the gate, scoring the first 19 points of the game. Miami would then proceed to dominate the second and third terms, only to see Philly fight back in the final quarter as they outscored Miami 29-16. While Evan Turner was excellent with 26 points, the real storyline to come out of the game was the play of rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 9 steals in what was one of the best debuts in a long long time.

 So are the 76es half decent or was that just a fluke against Miami? Probably the latter I would say. Still, if Carter-Williams and Spencer Hawes can play anything like they did in their opener with Evan Turner and Thad Young leading the way, they might just not be the worst team in basketball. I could see the Wizards easily winning this one by double-digits, but I just can't take them after what we saw out of Philly the other night. My guess, the 76ers play well for the first week or so and then drop off...

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