After a rough start to season 1-4, the Philadelphia 76ers were in the midst of a three-game winning streak, the last two games without star Joel Embiid, and face the Washington Wizards for the second time this week on Wednesday night.

The Sixers, who shot 55 percent from the field in their 118-111 Halloween win over the Wizards led by Tyrese Maxey by 28 points, are looking to repeat their performance with Embiid’s status still in question.

Meanwhile, magicians lose 3 points in a row, giving up 119 points in each game during the streak. Here’s how we bet on tonight’s game using the BetMGM marketplace.

76ers -7.5 (at BetMGM)

The difference in the Wizards’ losing streak compared to the 76-second winning streak boils down to one thing: getting stops on the defensive side of the ball.

For the Sixers, improving their surroundings’ defense was key. During the winning streak, 76 teams allowed teams to shoot only 43.4 percent of the field (31.5 percent of three), and imposed 14.3 turns per game. During their slow start, teams were firing more than 48 percent from the field, with the Raptors, Tottenham and Celtics all firing more than 50 percent from the field in their early season losses.

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Meanwhile, Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has struggled over the last two games, shooting less than 40 percent from both the field and the three-point line. Christapps Porzing scored a game-high 32 points in their loss to the Sixers on Monday night, taking advantage of a size mismatch in Embiid’s absence, but the Wizards had no defensive answer for the playmaking ability demonstrated by James Harden.

Speaking of Harden, the former best player is finding ways to keep his teammates involved, taking the backseat to the emergence of third-year goalkeeper Therese Maxi, who has scored 25 or more points in three of his last four games, including 44 in his last four. . last week. Harden is averaging more than 10 assists per game in the 76ers’ four wins this season, including a record-high 17 assists in Monday’s win over the Wizards, the 10th time he’s reached that number in his career. . It also helps that the free-cuts PJ Tucker and Tobias Harris shoot well from outside the arc during the streak as well.

Doc Rivers’ message to his backcourt has clearly been reflected on the field, as Maxi has led 76 shooting attempts in three of his last four games. Focusing on his ability to attack the basket and step forward with his perimeter shot is a huge driving force in the winning streak.

The Wizards failed to cover during their three-game losing streak and five of seven games overall. We expect this trend to continue in tonight’s game as well.

  • money line: Witches (+280) @ 76ers (-350)

  • propagation line: Processors +7.5 (-105) @ 76ers -7.5 (-115)

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