The Philadelphia 76ers look to wallop Washington for the third straight time this season when they conclude a home-and-home set against the host Wizards on Wednesday. Philadelphia rolled to a 132-115 home win over Washington on Tuesday and also trounced the Wizards 123-98 on Nov. 30.
The 76ers shot 55.7 percent from the field and had 39 assists on 49 made baskets in Tuesday's triumph. "That's how we want to play," Philadelphia coach Brett Brown told reporters afterward. "You get into having good players, elite players and potential All-Stars, and it's can we do it in that team environment?" Washington will try to avenge the two losses on its home floor where it has recorded eight straight wins against the 76ers. The Wizards had six players score in double digits on Tuesday but were doomed by a second quarter in which they were outscored 36-16.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Washington LINE: 76ers -3.5
ABOUT THE 76ERS (27-14): Shooting guard JJ Redick (back) missed his first game of the season and his absence opened the door for rookie Landry Shamet to score a season-best 29 points and set a rookie franchise record with eight 3-pointers. "When you lose JJ, you try to find other ways to score and we sure found ways to score in him," Brown told reporters. "He came out and caught it and shot it. ... He can receive a ball and shoot a ball at the level that he catches it." Shooting guard Jimmy Butler (upper respiratory infection) returned from a two-game absence and scored 20 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (16-25): Shooting guard Bradley Beal scored 28 points in Tuesday's game and has scored 20 or more points on 32 occasions this season. Beal was a solid 11-of-18 shooting against Philadelphia for his best effort since being 11-of-17 against the Atlanta Hawks on Dec. 18. Veteran forward Trevor Ariza had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting on Tuesday and he has connected on only 13-of-50 shots over the past four games.
1. The 76ers have won six of the last nine meetings after losing 10 of the previous 11 matchups.
2. Philadelphia C Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds on Tuesday for his ninth straight double-double and league-leading 35th of the season.
3. Washington SF Otto Porter Jr. (thumb) departed Tuesday's game and X-rays were negative and he will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
PREDICTION: 76ers 112, Wizards 105 Bet Now
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