Coming off a disappointing loss in Indiana, the Washington Wizards will look to steal a victory tonight from another playoff-bound team, the Philadelphia 76ers.
The last time these two teams met, the Sixers thoroughly outplayed the Wizards and picked up a 103-83 victory in Philly. There weren’t many positives to be taken out of this game. The Sixers started out their season on a high note, and barreled through the Wizards from start to finish.
The Sixers have won all three games against the Wizards this season.
When you normally think of great point guards in the Eastern Conference, most people automatically think Deron Williams or Rajon Rondo. One player that has fallen under the radar is Jrue Holiday. Holiday is leading his team in scoring, averaging nearly 14 points per game, as well as 4.4 assists.
John Wall will have his hands full with Jrue Holiday.
The Sixers don’t often rely on one player to take on the scoring load, but when called upon, Jrue Holiday can put the ball in the basket. Wall needs to utilize his superior speed and athleticism to beat Holiday off the dribble. Lately, Wall has been struggling offensively — averaging under 13 points and 6.5 assists in his last five games. Holiday will present an opportunity for Wall to get back on track offensively.
At 87.6 points per game, the Philadelphia 76ers allow the least points per game in the NBA. The Wizards will need to take smart shots and utilize Nene’s post skills in order to score the basketball. 76ers starting center, Spencer Hawes, isn’t known for his defense — so it would make sense to feed the bigs down low with the basketball.
First time All-Star, Andre Iguodala, sat out Tuesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to tendinitis in his left knee. So the newly acquired, Sam Young, will most likely take a good portion of his Iguodala’s playing time if he is unable to play, or limited.
The late game struggles for the Wizards are due to come of an end at some point. They’re desperately searching for a victory, and a game against a injury plagued Sixers team couldn’t have come at a better time.
Although the Sixers have the upper hand in nearly every statistical category, I expect the hungry Wizards to come out strong back home in D.C.
If the Wizards push the tempo, and move the ball efficiently, I could see them stealing a victory from the Sixers.
I predict a 92 to 86 victory for D.C.