Game Preview: Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers

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The history between the Washington Wizards and Philadelphia 76ers

Residing in the same conference, as well as both teams histories extending into the 50’s or 60’s, means that the 76ers and the Wizards have had a lot of opportunities to face each other over the years. They’ve played a total of 310 games, with Washington holding a 123-187 record in those matchups. To make things worse, Washington has lost their last six games against the Sixers, have only won two games out of the last ten. At home, which Washington will be this afternoon, the Wizards do hold an 81-72 advantage, though they have lost three of their last four games against the 76ers at home.

In their last meeting, which happened on December 26th, the 76ers beat the Wizards 117-96. In that one, Washington was unable to stop Philadelphia’s overpowered offense. Joel Embiid went for 36 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks, and Tobias Harris recorded 23 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.

Washington, suffering without their biggest offensive powerhouse in Bradley Beal, could not say the same. Spencer Dinwiddie was the team’s highest scorer with 17 points, and he also notched six assists and three rebounds. Kyle Kuzma was able to record 12 points and 10 rebounds, but floundered a little bit from the floor as he went 4-11 from the field and 1-4 from 3. Corey Kispert, making just his second career start, struggled to repeat the same success he found from the floor against New York, going 3-9 from the field for just eight points, two rebounds, and one steal.