Wizards 17-15 vs Sixers 16-16
When: Sunday, Dec 26th, at 6:00p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBCS Washington, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM/ 97.5 The Fanatic
Wizards: Brad Beal (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Thomas Bryant (Out, Left ACL), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Rui Hachimura (Questionable/ Return to competition reconditioning
Sixers: Andre Drummond (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Ben Simmons (Out/ Away From The Team), Danny Green (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Shake Milton (Out/ Health and safety protocols), Georges Niang (Out/ Health and safety protocols),
Keep an eye on:
Joel Embiid: everything involving the Sixers starts and ends with him. Embiid is one of the premier bigs in the game, coming into this evenings contest averaging a team high 25 points, 10.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.1 steals on 44 percent shooting from the field, 37 percent shooting from deep and 80 percent shooting from the line. Embiid is dangerous at all three levels offensively, especially in pick & roll sets, on the block and trailing the play where he is efficient hitting 3-pointers. Also, when engaged, Embiid can be a force inside on the defensive end. Washingtons bigs will have to constantly be aware of where Embiid is on the floor, it doesn't take much for Embiid to get going and become a one man wrecking crew himself.
Defending Without Fouling: is a big deal when playing Philadelphia. It's a difficult task considering who's in the middle for the Sixers, however, being fundamentally sound defensively is a must. Philly is first in the NBA in free throw percentage, hitting 82 percent from the line. To put things in perspective, Philadelphia has TEN players shooting 80 percent or better..TEN. Washington's defense has shown signs of returning to its early season form in their last two wins over the Jazz and Knicks, maintaining the same level of defense can be just what the doctor ordered to make it three in a row for Washington.