John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Jahlil Okafor and the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night as they aim to continue rising the ranks of the NBA's Eastern Conference.
Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch…
WASHINGTON WIZARDS at PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: CSN+ (coverage begins at 6:30 p.m.)
Live stream: CSNmidatlantic.com
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Can the Wizards carry it over?
The All-Star break came at an unfortunate time for the Wizards, who were absolutely rolling. They had won 18 of their last 21 games and 11 of their last 12. They were one of the hottest teams in the league and then had to break for a full week.
Now the Wizards return hoping to pick up where they left off. Their schedule gets much tougher after Friday, so they might want to take care of business against the lowly Sixers. After Philly, they host the Jazz and Warriors, then play Toronto twice. Losing to Philly would not be ideal.
The debut of Bojan
The Wizards will have some new faces on the bench Friday night after their Wednesday trade with the Brooklyn Nets that brought in small forward Bojan Bogdanovic and big man Chris McCullough. Bogdanovic is going to have a more prominent role, so it will be interesting to see what impact he can make on Friday night. They need to get him up to speed quickly with just 27 games left in the season.
What will be important to watch is what lineups head coach Scott Brooks uses to deploy Bogdanovic. Can he play the two alongside John Wall and give Bradley Beal a rest? Can he co-exist with other forwards like Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, Jr.? Speeking of Oubre, how many minutes will he now get with more competition at his position?
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Still no Embiid
The Wizards and Sixers will face off for the third time on Friday night and the final time in Philadelphia this season. And for the third time of out three chances, Sixers star Joel Embiid will not play. The first two games he missed due to a minutes restriction, as Philly was cautious in his recovery. This time around he will sit due to a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Just because the Sixers have missed Embiid against the Wizards, though, doesn't mean they have not been competitive. The Wizards lost in Philly on Nov. 16 when Beal sat out with a hamstring injury. They then led by 13 points in the second quarter of an eventual Wizards win on Jan. 14.