This is the first matchup between these two teams this year. The Wizards, along with the Heat and Magic, are the only Eastern Conference teams that the 76ers have no played this year. Last season the Sixers were 3-1 against Washington and have won four straight against the Wizards at home. All time the Sixers are 90-33 at home against Washington. The Sixers had won five straight games against Washington before the Wizards held the Sixers to just 76 on March 30th for their first win in six games. The Sixers are 16-0 when leading after three quarters but 2-26 when trailing or tied after three. Philadelphia has not struggled scoring as they are averaging 99.7 points per game over their last seven games.
Who to Watch: Thaddeus Young . Young had opportunities down the stretch against Memphis to hit some key buckets for the Sixers, including a wide open 3-pointer from the corner, but could not connect. It will be interesting to see how the captain responds tonight against a lowly Wizards squad. He dropped 23 points in Monday’s loss which was the seventh time this season that Young topped the 20 point mark. He topped it seven times all of last season. He currently ranked fifth in the NBA in steal-to-turnover rating at 1.38 (72 steals to just 52 turnovers).
The Wizards come in just a half game out of last place in the Eastern Conference with an 11-32 record. Despite their dismal record, the Wizards are 6-4 over their last 10 games. The have won three straight games against Eastern Conference opponents but are 0-13 against the East on the road this year. Overall the Wizards are 3-18 on the road this season. Washington will look to get their outside shooters in a rhythm early. They will look for rookie Bradley Beal and Martell Webster to get involved. Webster leads the NBA in four-point plays with six of them.
Who to Watch: Emeka Okafor. Okafor’s numbers on the season have not been anything that jumps off the page as he is averaging 8.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He is coming off of a 23 point-15 rebound night against the Kings on Monday. He has grabbed 15 or more rebounds in three of the last four games. He is averaging 11.8 points and 13.5 rebounds over the last six games and averaging 10.4 points and 10.4 rebounds since December 12th. Since December 12th, Okafor has posted 10 double-doubles.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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