Fresh off a short-handed victory over the Chicago Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers (25-12, 1st in Eastern Conference) are on the road Friday evening against the Washington Wizards (14-21, 12th in Eastern Conference). The Sixers will look to build on a three-game win streak, dating back to pre-All-Star weekend, while the Wizards are coming off of a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
Friday evening’s matchup will be the final meeting in the 2020-21 regular season between the Sixers and Wizards. The previous two saw triumph for Philly: the Sixers opened their season on December 23rd with a 113-107 win over the Wizards and followed that up with their second victory over Washington two weeks later in a high-scoring affair, 141-136. Washington traveled for those games, making Friday evening’s game Philly’s first on the road against the Wizards.
This contest could be short on star power. For the Sixers, Ben Simmons has been ruled out and Joel Embiid is listed as a game-time decision. The Wizards could be without Bradley Beal (game-time decision), and speaking of star power, Ish Smith has been ruled out.
If Joel Embiid is a go, the Sixers have a pretty good chance of sweeping the Wizards on the season series. In two games against Washington this season, Embiid has totaled 67 points, 22 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks.
Without Embiid, the Sixers will need another solid spot start from Tony Bradley, who offered a strong performance against the Chicago Bulls Thursday evening in Embiid’s absence. In that game, Bradley scored 14 points on a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor, while collecting 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in 21 minutes. That sort of outing could be enough for Philly if Embiid can’t play.
When: 8:00 pm ET, Friday, March 12th
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 The Fanatic