The Sixers have been rewarded for not advancing in the In-Season Tournament with four days off and a fresh matchup against the Washington Wizards.
It’ll be the second meeting between these teams, the first being a comfortable 146-128 win for the Sixers in the Center in early November. Things haven’t gotten any easier for this Wizards team in the month since.
They come into the game ranked 28th in point differential at -9.6, per Cleaning the Glass. They are 29th in points per 100 possessions and somehow only 24th in points allowed per 100 possessions.
They are 1-9 in their last 10 games, with that one win coming against fellow the cellar-dwelling Detroit Pistons. In other words, this is a good game for the Sixers to ease guys back into things.
De’Anthony Melton is currently the only Sixer on the injury report, and he is probable with an illness. Joel Embiid and Tyrese Maxey will be available after both missing time for the same reason.
Nic Batum, who re-injured his finger in New Orleans and didn't play in Boston, is also good to go. The big one of course, is Kelly Oubre Jr., who’s set to play in his first game since Nov. 10.
How many minutes Oubre will play is yet to be seen, but head coach Nick Nurse did tell reporters at practice that he plans to bring the athletic wing off the bench while keeping Batum with the starters. Still, Oubre will have missed less than a month of action since the accident, and the schedule has provided a good opportunity to ease him back in.
Tonight’s game against the Wizards will be the first of six straight opponents for Philadelphia that are worse than .500.
Who: Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic