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NBA Game Preview - 76ers underdogs vs Wizards at Philadelphia

Washington WizardsPhiladelphia 76ers
30-28March 01, 2014, 07:30 | Wells Fargo Center15-43

Philadelphia will look to improve on its 15-43 record on Saturday when they host Washington in NBA odds action at Wells Fargo Center.

This season the 76ers are 15-43 overall and 22-36 ATS against the number, while the Wizards are 30-28 and 31-25-2 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Philadelphia is 29-28-1 on the OU, and Washington is 32-26.

View Washington Wizards vs Philadelphia 76ers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -10-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 213 at BetOnline and other shops.

This game pits the 76ers, currently No. 30 in the Odds Shark NBA Power Rankings, against the Wizards, who rate No. 9 in the most recent survey. Meanwhile, math and computer handicapping models run on this game predict a 95-85 victory for the Wizards.

Washington won its last outing, a 134-129 result against the Raptors on February 27. The Wizards covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog, while the 263 combined points took the game OVER the total. Toronto was victimized by Marcin Gortat for 31 points as the Wizards defeated the Raptors 134-129 in NBA action on Thursday.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 101-90 loser at home against the Magic. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (191) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Thaddeus Young scored 19 points in a failed effort to lead the 76ers to victory (they lost 101-90 to Orlando at Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 16-ranked offense (100.21 PPG) against a Wizards defense that ranks No. 12 at 99.74 PPG. The 76ers have averaged 43.36% from the field per game, less than the Wizards have managed so far this season (45.29% on average).

A few Wizards at 76ers trends to consider:
Washington is 6-2-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Washington is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Washington is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Philadelphia is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Philadelphia is 1-10 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Philadelphia is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Washington home to Memphis, Monday, March 3rd
Philadelphia at Orlando, Sunday, March 2nd