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WIzards vs 76ers preview: Washington gets their first look at "The Process" in Philadelphia

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Game Info

When: Wednesday, November 16th at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic

Radio: 1500 AM and Wizards Radio App

Injury Report

76ers: Jerryd Bayless (Out, Wrist), Joel Embiid (Out, Rest)

Wizards: Ian Mahinmi (Out, Knee), Bradley Beal (Day to Day, Hamstring)

Three Keys

Will he or Won't he?

Bradley Beal practiced on Monday and was unsure about playing Wednesday against the 76ers. Even if he does play, he'll probably be on a minutes restriction. But regardless of his status, odds are the Wizards will need their bench to step up, including Sheldon McClellan.

UPDATE: Bradley Beal is out.

The Process

The 76ers are 1-9 to begin the year. They are as inconsistent as the Wizards, but have some surprising results. They have a 6 point loss to OKC, a 1 point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers and have taken the Indiana Pacers to overtime twice, coming away with 1 win. Although those were probably considered "moral victories", they have a 25 point loss to Utah, 32 and 21 point losses to Atlanta and most recently, lost to James Harden and the Houston Rockets by 27. If the game is close come the 4th quarter, acknowledging the recent 4th quarter struggles the Wizards have been battling all season, it's really anybody's game to win.

Ignore the Past

The Wizards have won 10 of the last 12 games against the 76ers, including a 5 game winning streak. It is pretty safe to say that this year's 76ers team is considerably different thanks to Joel Embiid. He is averaging 18 points on 46.5 percent shooting with 7 rebounds and 2 blocks a game.

Most Likely Wizards Killer: Joel Embiid Somebody

It is the safest pick, but given Gortat's history of struggling against young and athletic bigs, he is a future Wizards Killer Hall of Famer. Posting 22 points and 4 blocks in a 1 point loss against the Cavaliers, it would not surprise me if the Wizards struggle in the paint, both offensively and defensively. The 76ers rely heavily on his performance and for them to have a chance, he will have had to have posted big numbers.

UPDATE: Joel Embiid is out. So just pick whoever you want. All answers apply.