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Embiid questionable as Sixers host Wizards

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Washington Wizards last week thanks to 50 points from Joel Embiid. This time around, they might have to do it without him.

Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

Despite their 3-16 record at the time, the Washington Wizards put up one hell of a fight against the Philadelphia 76ers last week, ultimately falling 131-126. On Monday night, they’ll get another shot against the Sixers as the matchup heads to South Philadelphia for another meeting.

In that matchup last Wednesday, the Sixers’ narrow victory came off the back of a 50 piece from Joel Embiid that Philadelphia needed absolutely every point of to overcome a struggling but feisty Wizards squad. This time around, they may have to do it without him, as Embiid was listed as questionable with left knee soreness after he tweaked it in the Sixers’ win over Atlanta this past Friday night.

The Sixers got some experience playing without their leader about a week or so back when Embiid missed two games due to illness. Results were mixed to say the least. The first Embiid-less foray saw the Sixers put up a horrendous effort against the New Orleans Pelicans, falling 124-114 (and it wasn’t that close). A few days later, however, with Embiid AND Tyrese Maxey both sidelined with illness, the Sixers put up one hell of a battle against the Boston Celtics. They ultimately lost that one 125-116, but if they put up that type of game against the Wizards, it would likely go down as a win.

Clearly, it could go either way if Embiid indeed is out on Monday.

Looking at what the Sixers can do better than last week regardless of who’s on the court, there are a couple of keys that could come into play to make this a more lopsided affair in the Sixers’ favor. The first would be getting some triples to fall, as the Sixers didn’t sink one from long range against the Wizards last time until well into the second period, going 0-for-13 to start the game. Another key could be slowing down the Wizards overall, as their length and speed led to 23 fast break points.

If we are being completely honest, however, the Wizards are absolutely struggling this season, with a 3-18 record to show for it. They are coming off a 124-97 beatdown at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets last Friday. This is a golden opportunity for the Sixers to make it three wins in a row on Monday night, whether Embiid is able to go or not.

Let’s see if they’ll make the most of it. The Sixers and Wizards tip off at 7 p.m. ET.

Game Details

Who: Washington Wizards at Philadelphia 76ers

When: 7:00 pm EST

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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