Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre and the Washington Wizards battle Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.
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: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM
Three things to watch...
Wizards want to keep it rolling
The Wizards pulled off an impressive win on Tuesday night on the road in Minnesota thanks to a huge night from their bench, some key shots by Otto Porter and stingy defense in the final three quarters. Now they aim to make it two in a row on the road against a good Sixers team. A win in Philly would have the Wizards feeling good about themselves as they return home to host the Detroit Pistons, who may be emerging as contenders in the Eastern Conference. It would also push them to 2-0 against the Sixers on the season.
A good way to get a victory on Wednesday would be to get Bradley Beal going. He had only eight points against the Timberwolves in what was his worst game of the season. Don't be surprised if the Wizards go to him early and often to try to establish a rhythm because he never found it against the T-Wolves.
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Simmons may sit
The Sixers may be without star rookie Ben Simmons, who is dealing with two separate injuries. He missed a game over the weekend due to swelling in his left elbow, then returned to face the Cavaliers on Monday night. In that game, he sprained his right ankle.
Simmons limped off the court against Cleveland and is considered questionable against the Wizards. If he can't go, the Sixers will be without both him and Markelle Fultz, who continues to be sidelined by a right shoulder injury. Nik Stauskas is also questionable with a sprained right ankle and Justin Anderson is out for weeks with shin splints. If Simmons can't play, the Wizards have no business losing this game, even with John Wall out.
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All eyes on Embiid
If Simmons doesn't play, there will be extra focus on stopping star big man Joel Embiid, who is having himself a heck of a season. Embiid is averaging 22.8 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game all while playing only 29.4 minutes a night. His shooting percentage has dipped below 50 and his three-point percentage is at an ugly 25.5, but he's been a force to reckon with and a big reason why the Sixers are 11-8 and currently in the playoff picture.
The Wizards had some success against Karl-Anthony Towns on Tuesday night and Embiid is a similar player. Though Towns got 20 points and 17 rebounds, he was kept in check when the Wizards needed to get stops. Ian Mahinmi was a big reason for that, so it wouldn't be a surprise if Scott Brooks sends Mahinmi out there to check Embiid.
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