What better motivation then to be called out nationally as the worst team in the NBA and that no one should have any faith in you… That is exactly what was said to the 76ers by Los Vegas casinos and sports books when their total season wins opened up at 16.5, the lowest total season win of any team in the history of the Future. Washington has had its share of offseason remarks but made some interesting moves in free agency and now looks to make an impact in the Atlantic division.
The Wizards are coming off back to back losses, funny enough their first loss was against this same 76ers team. Looking back at their first meeting of the season Philly controlled most of the clock as well as the rebounds. I expect the Wizards to play a little more structured in this second meeting, looking for the post up game early and attacking the rim, looking for a spark on offense. The difference is that they have to travel to Philly for this game.
The 76ers are playing simply great basketball; they are sharing the ball, moving around screens looking for the open guy. Philly is leaning heavily on their rookies and youngsters knowing that by throwing them into the fire can only make or break them and so far they are shining. In this game I expect them to play more half court defense, double teaming the perimeter ball handler and making sure that they control the rebound for the outward pass in motion.
What to expect:
Philly is looking good to keep their win streak alive in this one, having a center like Spencer Hawes faces his defender to come out at cover the potential shot, leaving the paint open with the tales defender to have a clean chance on the ball. Philly is -3.5 in this game and I say rid them out; they will win this game because of the speed advantage and the ability to create when it´s needed.