Sixers-Wizards: What you need to know

Sixers-Wizards: What you need to know

January 30, 2013, 11:00 am
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Sixers vs. Wizards – 7 p.m., CSN
Wells Fargo Center

Sixers: 18-26 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)
Wizards: 11-32 (Fourth in Southeast Division, 14th in Eastern Conference)

Sixers minus-3½

Previous games
The Sixers built a 17-point lead during the first quarter and shot 54 percent in the game, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the fast-charging Memphis Grizzlies in a 103-100 defeat. Evan Turner scored a season-high 27 points and Thad Young added 23 on 11-for-19 shooting. However, Thad Young missed a lefty hook with 3.9 seconds remaining that would have given the Sixers the lead and Nick Young had a three-pointer blocked at the buzzer to end it.

After dropping their first 12 games of the season and falling to a 4-28 record, the Wizards have won seven out of their last 11, including two out of their last three. Last time out, though, the Wizards dropped a tough one to Sacramento, 96-94, despite 23 points and 15 rebounds from Emeka Okafor.

Last meeting
The Sixers and Wizards have not yet played this season.

Last year, the Sixers went 3-1 against Washington. However, the last time the teams met, a reenergized Wizards club whipped the Sixers, 97-76, behind 20 points off the bench from Cartier Martin. The Sixers shot just 36 percent from the floor during that game and were led with 14 points apiece from Lou Williams and Thad Young.

Who's hot
Evan Turner scored at least 20 points in three straight games for the first time in his career and has averaged 22 points per game over the last four games. Over the four-game stretch, Turner shot 55 percent (36 for 66) from the field.

Last time out, Turner scored a season-high 27 on 12-for-18 shooting, to go with seven assists.

What has been the difference for the Wizards? Why, it’s the return of John Wall, of course. Since Wall rejoined the Wizards 10 games ago, the team has gone 6-4 and averaged 98.6 points per game.

Still, the Wizards got in such an early hole that they continue to rank last in the NBA in scoring (91.4 points per game) and field goal percentage (42. 2 percent).

Probable starters

Sixers (last 10 games)
Jrue Holiday (21.5 ppg, 9.0 apg)
Nick Young (12.5 ppg, 17 three-pointers)
Spencer Hawes (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
Evan Turner (15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg)
Thad Young (15.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

Wizards (last 10 games)
John Wall (14.6 ppg, 6.6 apg)  
Bradley Beal (13.5 ppg, 18 three-pointers)
Emeka Okafor (11.6 ppg, 11.7 rpg)
Nene (11.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
Martell Webster (12.0 ppg, 17 three-pointers)

Jason Richardson (left knee synovitis) is out.

Andrew Bynum (bilateral knee bone bruises) is out.

Lavoy Allen (lip) received seven stitches during the second half of Monday’s game. He is expected to play.

For the Wizards, forward Cartier Martin (hyperextended left knee) is out.

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