#WizSixers Preview

By: Jeremy Hyman

Last Time vs. Philadelphia

The Wizards beat the Sixers, 107-99, back on January 20th at Verizon Center. Bradley Beal led the Wizards with 22 points, while Marcin Gortat added 19 points and 11 boards. Full Recap

What to Watch For

Staying Hot - The Wizards have won a season-high five straight games and three straight on the road. They are coming off a dramatic three overtime win in Toronto on Thursday night in a game where they scored 80 points in the paint. No team has scored more points in the paint in a game this season and it was the most paint points the Wizards scored since 1997.

Not So Hot - After a hot start, the Sixers have come back to Earth and now have lost 12 straight games entering tonight's bout. They dealt away many of their key guys (Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes) at the deadline and now field a team with a lot of young and inexperienced players. However, the Wizards can't take the night off and just show up because if they let their guard down they could allow the up-tempo Sixers to jump on them and snap their current losing streak.

Who's Hot

Wizards - Marcin Gortat has recorded a double-double in six straight games and is coming off a career-high 31 point game on Thursday night in Toronto.

76ers - Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 19 points on Wednesday night vs. Orlando.

X-Factor

Iverson Retirement - Emotions will be running high for everyone in the building tonight as there is a special halftime ceremony planned to retire Allen Iverson's jersey. The Wizards can't let this effect their play and allow the struggling Sixers to use that as extra motivation.

The action kicks off at 7:30pm at Wells Fargo Center.

John Wall

vs.

Michael Carter-Williams

20.0
PPG
17.1
4.3
RPG
5.2
8.6
APG
6.2
.428
FG %
.398

John Wall had himself another outstanding game on Thursday night, scoring 31 points and leading the Wizards to a triple overtime win over the Raptors. He leads the Wizards in both points and assists and was named to his first All-Star Game in February.

Carter-Williams was held to just eight points on Wednesday night vs. Orlando, which was just the fifth time this season he was held out of double figures. The rookie from Syracuse is still putting up some impressive numbers and is a strong candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. He's most effective when getting in the lane, so the Wizards will want to make him a perimeter shooter tonight. He scored 31 on the Wizards in their last meeting in January.

John Wall drives in for the three-point vs. Philadelphia.

Wizards
John Wall
6-4 | 207 lbs |
PPG: 20.0 | RPG: 4.3 | APG: 8.6
PG Michael Carter-Williams
6-6 | 185 lbs |
PPG: 17.1 | RPG: 5.2 | APG: 6.2
Bradley Beal
6-5 | 195 lbs |
PPG: 16.8 | RPG: 3.8 | APG: 3.5
SG James Anderson
6-6 | 210 lbs |
PPG: 9.9 | RPG: 3.9 | APG: 0.9
Trevor Ariza
6-8 | 220 lbs |
PPG: 14.3 | RPG: 6.5 | APG: 2.7
SF Hollis Thompson
6-8| 206 lbs |
PPG: 5.9 | RPG: 3.8 | APG: 0.9
Trevor Booker
6-8 | 235 lbs |
PPG: 6.2 | RPG: 5.6 | APG: 0.9
PF Thaddeus Young
6-8 | 230 lbs |
PPG: 17.5 | RPG: 6.2 | APG: 2.0
Marcin Gortat
6-11 | 240 lbs |
PPG: 12.7 | RPG: 9.0 | APG: 1.5
C Henry Sims
6-10 | 248 lbs |
PPG: 2.6 | RPG: 3.0 | APG: 0.3


Wizards (30-28)
vs.
76ers (15-43)
100.2
PPG
100.2
42.6
RPG
42.9
23.2
APG
22.1
.453
FG%
.434
.461
OPP FG%
.467
.380
3PT FG%
.309
.728
FT%
.715
14.6
TO
17.3
6-4
Last 10
0-10

Nene (knee) - Out
Kevin Seraphin (knee) - Questionable


76ers Brandon Davies (finger) - Out
Nerlens Noel (knee) - Out

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