The Washington Wizards are doing a back-to-back on the road, after a trip to colddddd Toronto back to the USA, facing the 76ers for the second time in about 2 weeks.
When: Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: C.J. Miles (Wrist, Out), Thomas Bryant (Foot, Out), Rui Hachimura (Groin, Out), Jordan McRae (Finger, Out), Moritz Wagner (Ankle, Out), John Wall (Achilles, Out)
The Wizards must fight fatigue — The critics of the long 82-game season point to exactly nights like this in their argument to short the season to 72 games (3 against an intra-conference team for a total of 42 plus 2 games against each inter-conference team for a total of 30 games).
Let’s face it: the Wizards just played in Toronto and will probably arrive in a hotel in Philly around 3 a.m., if not later. The 76ers just played the night before against Dallas at home. So, the Wizards will be easy meat, the game probably lop-sided, and then you ask yourself: do the fans in Philly really care to see 2 games in 24 hours in their arena with the second one being against a lottery-bound injury-plagued team?
The Sixers want revenge — The Wizards shocked some people and beat the 76ers two weeks ago. Be sure Coach Brett Brown and crew will come very prepared for this one and I predict a one-sided game, especially given Philly seems to have no injuries at the moment while the Wizards are actually playing Anžejs Pasečņiks...
In case you missed that game, it was a great outing for Hachimura who had himself 27 points. He did play though 43 minutes, and you gotta ask yourself why does Brooks keep grinding players to such extremes (Hachimura actually got injured shortly afterwards, who knows of course if it’s related, but it doesn’t look good).
Flashback: A great win earlier this month
Just about two weeks ago, and back home in D.C., the Wizards beat one of the best teams in the league: