Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Prediction: 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Bet Tips & Pick

Here are The Game Day’s 76ers vs Wizards prediction and bets for the 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Series. After our 76ers-Wizards Round 1 series preview, check out our 2021 NBA Playoffs Power Rankings & our full 2021 NBA Playoffs Guide.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Prediction: 2021 NBA Playoffs Round 1 Bet Tips & Pick

Philadelphia 76ers 2020-2021 Recap

While it took longer than expected, trusting “the process” seems to have finally paid off. The 76ers are the top seed in the Eastern Conference, and the only major change this offseason was at head coach, with Doc Rivers taking over.

Joel Embiid is enjoying his best season as a pro and would be more legitimately in the MVP conversation had he played more games. His play at home is a big reason why the 76ers have been so dominant in Philadelphia this season, holding a 29-7 record, but Embiid was on the floor for only four of those losses.

The Sixers’ homecourt advantage is a real thing, and opponents will have a tough time stealing a win in the Wells Fargo Center.


Washington Wizards 2020-2021 Recap

What the Wizards have been able to accomplish at the end of this season has been incredible. Most fans and analysts gave the Wizards zero chance at the postseason, since they held a 17-32 record in April.

However, they finally caught their stride. Russell Westbrook increased his aggressiveness and was playing back-to-backs, while Bradley Beal played like one of the best scorers in the league. Washington then won 11 of their next 12 games, followed up by a decent May.

Following a dominating win over the Indiana Pacers in the Play-In Tournament, they have reached the NBA Playoffs.

Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Matchup

The Wizards escaped the play-in tournament to reach the NBA Playoffs, but they were “rewarded” with playing the 76ers. Philadelphia won all three regular-season meetings between these teams. The massive reason for this was the domination of Embiid. Washington has struggled to defend the paint all season long.

While Robin Lopez and Daniel Gafford have helped the Wizards improve in this category down the stretch of the season, expecting either player to contain Embiid is silly. Washington will need to score quickly and drain threes at a high rate in order to extend this series.


Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Prediction

76ers in 5 Games: While Westbrook gets a lot of hate from the internet, you won’t hear it from me. I am not going to be the person to doubt him, which is why I will give the Wizards a single game. In actuality, this series has the highest probability to be a sweep.


Philadelphia 76ers vs Washington Wizards Bet Pick

Series Spread: Philadelphia 76ers -1.5 (-200) at BetMGM

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76ers To Win Series vs Wizards By 2+ Games

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This series shouldn’t be close. Picking the Sixers to win the series straight up is not worth it, at -1000 odds. So, taking the spread for the series make the bet worthwhile, and it hits as long as Philadelphia wins in four, five or six games. 

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    The Boston Celtics are +300 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics are +300 ahead of their home date with the Warriors for Game 6. We will see a considerable odds shift if the Celtics can win Game 6 on their homecourt. Boston was +310 after Game 5.

  • Celtics vs. Warriors over/under listed at 210

    The over/under for Game 6 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors is listed at 210, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210, down from the 210.5 it opened at. 60 percent of the public action has come on the over.

  • Warriors -400 to win NBA Championship

    The Golden State Warriors are -400 to win the NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    Golden State now sits at a prohibitive -400 to win the NBA Championship. For comparison, Stephen Curry MVP is -360. Andrew Wiggins, the dark horse to steal the award with a big close-out game, sits at +2000.

  • Celtics +310 to win NBA Championship

    The Boston Celtics are +310 to win the 2021-22 NBA Championship, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The Celtics peaked as high as high as -230 prior to Game 3 and now sit at an attractive +310. Boston entered the season at +4000. The odds could swing wildly again if Boston wins Game 6.

  • Warriors vs. Celtics over/under listed at 210.5

    The over/under for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Boston Celtics is listed at 210.5, per BettingPros consensus odds.

    Betting Impact:
    The total for this contest sits at 210.5, down from the 212.5 it opened at. 72 percent of the public action has come on the over.