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Wizards vs. Sixers Pregame: Looking For Sheer Brutality

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Regular Season Game 59

Sixers (8-51) at Wizards (28-30)

February 29, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Verizon Center, Washington, DC
TV: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Radio: 99.1FM


Last time they met was..

February 26, 2016 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia: Wizards 103, Sixers 94


What to watch

The Wizards have been silver spoon-fed a number of relatively unchallenging matchups since the All-Star break, and have done a fair job digesting them, winning 5 of 7 games. Though they regurgitated a well-cooked cuisine in Chicago, the Wizards got their grub on in Philly, and against a LeBron-less Cavs team at Verizon yesterday afternoon.

Tonight, the Wiz face the same sorry ass Sixers for the second time in three nights, and hopefully tonight, the Wizards can follow suit with the rest of Philly’s opponents and put up some goddamn points. The Sixers have allowed an average of 121.5 points to their last six opponents not named Wizards, including 130 to Orlando last night. On Friday, the Wizards scored *just* 103. I’m looking sheer offensive brutality tonight.


Key Matchup

John Wall v. Ish Smith

So long as Wall and Smith continue to match up, this video will never cease to resurface.

Ish Smith has been a cute little addition to the Sixers lineup. Finally earning his role as full time starter, Smith is averaging just around 7 assists per game with a season-high of 16 in January. Still, he’s no match for John Wall and John Wall needs to remind everyone of that. The state of urgency for the Wizards extends as they look to climb their way back to the .500 mark and back into the playoff picture, sitting just two games behind Chicago. Wall undoubtedly understands this, noting after the Cavs game that the effort on defense is what propels the Wizards to victory. If Wall can set the tone defensively by eliminating Smith, the rest of the guys will follow suit with their assignments.


X-factor

Overcoming a work overload.

Since the All-Star break, the Wizards will have played 8 games in 12 nights after tonight. Within these past 12 nights, the Wizards have played in two separate back-to-backs and a back-to-back-to-back. To say they might be a little worn might be a fair assessment. Unfortunately, the impending schedule doesn’t really let up in terms of extended rest as they face another back-to-back at the end of this week. This means that while they endure this high volume of games, they must make every effort not let up against the weaker opponents. This also means that the chances of the Wizards scoring 120+ points tonight may not be great. F it, just get the win.


Fun Factor:

John Wall’s Master P frames make him a true No Limit Soldier.

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Prediction

Wall dominates Smith. Wiz dominate Sixers. Scoring 120+ points on the tail end of a back-to-back? I’m not so sure about that.

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