When: Wednesday, January 6 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington
76ers: Mike Scott (Knee, Day-to-day), Furkan Korkmaz (Groin, Out)
The Washington Wizards have some momentum right now after winning their last two road games against the Timberwolves and the Nets. In the third game of their four-game road trip, the Wizards are playing the 76ers for the second time this season. Washington opened their season on Dec. 23 with a 113-107 loss to Philadelphia on the road. In that game, Bradley Beal led the team with 31 points and Russell Westbrook followed with a triple-double in the first three quarters. Westbrook finished with an impressive 21 points, 15 assists, and 11 rebounds in his first official game as a Wizard.
Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura could be the difference makers in this game. Bertans started off the season with limited minutes but the last game was the first time he saw the floor for more than 26 minutes. In his 31 minutes, Bertans put up 15 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Hachimura did not play in the season-opener against the 76ers due to an eye infection. The power forward has only played in three games this season but is averaging a solid 14 points per game on a 50 percent field goal percentage.
Thomas Bryant is very efficient this season and the growth of his game is evident in how he’s performed this season. So far, he’s averaging a career-high 17.3 points per game. It’s not lost on him or Beal that he’s been able to control his energy and emotions.
After Bryant’s 21 points and 14 rebounds in Sunday’s win, Beal spoke highly of his teammate. “TB has been awesome,” said Beal on a post-game Zoom call. Beal said Bryant has been growing every single game this year and talked about how he’s always willing to learn. “He’s similar to me mentally,” Beal added.
Beal wrapped up his media availability Sunday night by talking about how the Wizards' defense. “Our defense won us the game,” Beal said. It was a bit shocking to hear a positive comment about the Wizards' defense, especially from a player. The Wizards will have a chance to show improvement against the 76ers Wednesday night.