The Wizards' 120-127 loss to the Orlando Magic Tuesday night marked their fifth loss in six games. To make matters worse, Washington's second-leading scorer, C Thomas Bryant, is currently out indefinitely with a stress reaction in his right foot -- he will be re-evaluated in three weeks.
This Philadelphia 76ers team is coming into town in the midst of a four-game winning streak -- winners of 8 of their last 10.
These two teams squared off in the preseason, which Washington won 112-93. Jordan McRae and Joel Embiid led all scorers with 17 points. Thursday night's matchup will mark their first regular-season meeting.
Washington's next three games are against opponents with a combined record of 46-16: Philly, Miami, and the Los Angelas Clippers, again.
WIZARDS vs. SIXERS HOW TO WATCH
What: Washington Wizards vs. Philadelphia 76ers, Game 20
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards vs. Sixers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Sixerson NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM
WIZARDS vs. SIXERS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live
7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Sixers
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live
10:00 PM: D.C. Sports Live
10:30 PM: Wizards Talk
WIZARDS vs. SXERS INJURY REPORT:
Wizards: John Wall (OUT, achilles), Ian Mahinmi (OUT, achilles), C.J. Miles (Day-to-day, wrist), Moritz Wagner (Probable, ankle), Thomas Bryant (Week-to-week, foot)
Sixers: Josh Richardson (Day-to-day, hamstring), Trey Burke (Day-to-day, illness)
WIZARDS vs. SIXERS PLAYERS TO WATCH
Bradley Beal, G, Wizards (28.7 pts, 4.4 reb, 7.7 ast): Currently averaging 36.8 minutes a night (4th in the NBA), Beal will be looked upon to carry the offensive load for Washington, as usual.
Davis Bertans, F, Wizards (13.6 pts, 4.5 reb, 1.7 ast): Bertans made his first start of the season Tuesday night in which he tallied 21 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field (4-of-12 from 3-point ).
Joel Embiid, C, Sixers (22.4 pts, 12.2 reb, 2.9 ast): Embiid is averaging 30.7 points, 14.7 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks in the past three games since going scoreless (0-of-11) in a loss to Toronto last week.
Ben Simmons, F, Sixers (13 pts, 7 reb, 8.4 ast): Simmons has been a defensive force thus far this season -- he currently leads the NBA in steals, second in steals per game, second in deflections, and third in deflections per game.
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