When: Tuesday, February 6, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: NBC Sports Washington, TNT
Win Probability: Washington has a 32 percent chance of winning, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Wizards: John Wall (Out, Knee), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)
76ers: Markelle Fultz (Out, Shoulder), Furkan Korkmaz (Out, Foot)
What To Watch For
Faith without works is...a loss?
Washington has gone on a five-game win streak to push their ranking in the East [Fat Joe voice] all the way up! However, all it takes is a move at the trade deadline or another injury to shake things up in the East standings and bring Washington and Philadelphia closer together. The winner of this game will have a chance to win the four-game season series which could be huge in determining playoff seeding.
In order to win this one, Washington will have to continue to have faith and trust in one another. When they played the 76ers in November without Wall, they were outworked in the first three quarters. They scored 48 points in the fourth quarter to make it close, but it was too little, too late to overcome Ben Simmons’ 31 point, 18 rebound game.
Washington had several issues in the loss. Bradley Beal was the only starter who reached double-figures and Philadelphia out-rebounded Washington 64-35. Robert Covington (12), Simmons (18) and Embiid (14) were all in double digits grabbing boards. Meanwhile, Kelly Oubre was the only Wizard who had more than four rebounds.
The Wizards need a balanced scoring attack and a focus on winning the battle on the glass in order to keep their win streak alive and create more distance in the standings from other playoff teams in the East.