After drubbing the Washington Wizards 132-115 last night, the Philadelphia 76ers resume their home-and-home series against the Wiz tonight in Washington D.C. The Sixers come into the contest at 27-14 (7-3 in their last 10), ranking them fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards haven’t had nearly as successful a season as Philly, as Scott Brooks’ crew has accumulated a winning percentage of just .390 on the season (4-6 in their last 10). Tonight’s contest will be the 42nd game of the season for both teams, so the second half of the season officially begins this evening.
The Wizards put out a woeful performance against the Sixers last night. Washington played a poor defensive game throughout, but their troubles really escalated in the second quarter. They turned the ball over eight times in the second frame, and the Sixers took full advantage via transition buckets. By the time the first half ended, the Sixers established a 23-point lead. From that point on, the game was never in doubt and the Sixers deep bench unit got plenty of tick.
Things could be different in the SEGABABA. In the Wizards’ favor is the fact that they are 11-7 at home on the year, while the Sixers are 9-11 on the road. But it’s likely the Sixers’ starters play a full game tonight if necessary, after only seeing about 23-27 minutes of court time last night. Expectations should be for a closer game than we saw less than 24 hours ago, but make no mistake, the Sixers are a much better team than the dysfunctional Wiz. Anything less than a win would be a disappointment for Philly, considering the Wizards active roster depletion due to injury (John Wall and Markieff Morris have been inactive since December 29th and January 3rd, respectively, and Otto Porter is a game-time decision).
Who: Philadelphia 76ers @ Washington Wizards
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington D.C.
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic
Vegas: Sixers -3.5