Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards - 3/1/14
Washington Wizards (30-28) at Philadelphia 76ers (15-43)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia 76ers +10.5 -- Over/Under: 213.5 See the Latest Odds
The Philadelphia 76ers and Washington Wizards collide on Saturday night from Wells Fargo Arena.
Head to head, the Wizards are 7-18-1 ATS in the last 26 meetings and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia while the road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The 76ers are 6-22 ATS in their last 28 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Wizards on the other hand are 21-7 ATS in their last 28 road games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Who's taking the Philadelphia 76ers here? Any takers? Here is a team that has lost 12 straight and their last eight by an average 22.3 points per contest. In February alone, they suffered two losses by over 40 points (on back-to-back nights) and a home loss to the lowly Milwaukee Bucks by 20 points, which was just last week. They have also failed the cover the spread in 22 of their last 28 games at Wells Fargo Arena. I think this team would be ok with losing every game for the rest of the season, well until they had more losses than the last placed Bucks anyway.
Meanwhile, the Washington Wizards are riding a five-game winning streak and have covered the spread in 21 of their last 28 road games, which is the best mark in the entire league over that time period. On the downside, they are coming off a triple overtime thriller against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night and considering they are facing the 76ers tonight, this is a perfect spot for a letdown.
Despite the chance of a letdown for the Wizards, there is no way in hell I'm taking Philly in this one. This is clearly the worst team in the league at the moment and seven of their last eight losses have come by double-digits. It will be interesting to see how Washington plays in this one and whether they have matured and take care of business or revert back to their old ways and let Philly hang around when they don't have any right too..
Dan’s Pick: Washington -10.5
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