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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards Pick & Prediction JAN 17TH 2022

NBA | BASKETBALL
TV: NBCSWA | NBCSP
Logo Philadelphia 76ers
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OPENNER
213

-1.5 -115
CURRENT
212.5o -110

-130
MONEYLINE
+110

98
SCORE
117

Even with key players out of the lineup, the Philadelphia 76ers have a good chance to win every night.

As long as All-Star Joel Embiid is on the court.

Despite right elbow soreness, Embiid scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half to help the Sixers rally past the host Miami Heat 109-98 on Saturday.

The Sixers will look for another road victory when they visit the Washington Wizards on Monday.

"That's what great players do. Nothing we did," Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said. "We got him the ball in the same areas, he got comfortable. He knew the spots where he wanted to take shots from so that's who Joel is."

Without Shake Milton, Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green, the Sixers still found a way to win in Miami. Before stumbling against the Charlotte Hornets, the Sixers had won seven in a row.

All of these victories can be correlated to Embiid's Most Valuable Player level of play.

Embiid's uncharacteristic first half was quickly set aside after the scintillating second half.

"There was no way I could have played worse than I did in that first half," Embiid said, acknowledging that his elbow was sore. "I said it earlier, I was probably the worst player in the NBA in that first half so there was no way I could've played worse than I did. All I needed to do was just be aggressive."

Embiid has scored 30 or more points in 10 consecutive road games. The Sixers lead the league with 16 road wins.

The Wizards will look to rebound after a 115-110 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

To be fair, the Wizards played without leading scorer Bradley Beal (health and safety protocol) and Davis Bertans (foot). Head coach Wes Unseld Jr. also was placed in the COVID-19 protocol.

The absences were noticeable as the Wizards struggled, especially on the defensive end.

Every team is dealing with roster issues.

"It's going to tell a lot about who we are, what we're made of. We had a nice stretch of winning, but we played some bad teams," said Kyle Kuzma, who had 16 points and 12 rebounds. "I think the biggest thing for us is figure out what we're going to do. Are we going to play together offensively, defensively? Are we going to take pride in one-on-one defense? Are we going to take pride in taking care of the ball?

"Those things, there are a lot of questions. But at the same time, it's going to be a great test," Kuzma added.

Acting head coach Pat Delany, the team's lead assistant, filled in for Unseld. It's unclear whether Delany will be in charge again when the Sixers visit.

Whether it's Unseld or Delany, the Wizards can't allow 46 points in the paint again like they did against Portland.

"I just told the guys: 'What was the big adjustment (in the third quarter)? There wasn't one,'" Delany said. "We just put more into it, we competed harder. More energy, more talk, more effort."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Philadelphia 76ers
112
109
Washington Wizards

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Washington Wizards Recap JAN 17TH 2022

Montrezl Harrell scored 18 points, Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 16 rebounds and the host Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 117-98 on Monday.

Thomas Bryant contributed 15 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14 and Bradley Beal had 13 for the Wizards. Rui Hachimura and Corey Kispert had 11 apiece.

The short-handed Sixers played without several key injured players including Matisse Thybulle, Danny Green and Shake Milton.

Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 32 points and eight rebounds. It was the 11th consecutive road game that Embiid produced at least 30 points.

Tyrese Maxey added 18 points for the Sixers, who had their two-game winning streak snapped.

The Wizards jumped out to a 60-49 lead late in the second quarter. After Maxey missed a short jumper from the corner, Beal responded with 1 of 2 free throws for a 12-point advantage with 2:29 left.

The Sixers made a late run and closed within 61-55 at halftime thanks in large part to Embiid's 16 points.

Beal, who was cleared the COVID-19 protocol before the game, paced the Wizards with 12 first-half points.

When Caldwell-Pope dropped in a 3-pointer from the wing with 8:41 remaining in the third, the Wizards extended their advantage to 72-59.

Embiid answered with a trey to slice the deficit to 10, but Washington still led 91-83 at the end of the third.

Maxey scored on the Sixers' first possession of the fourth, but the Wizards scored on three straight trips for a 97-85 lead with 10:14 to go.

Harrell's long jumper and a free throw capped an 11-2 run and extended Washington's advantage to 102-87 with 7:25 left.

The Sixers continued to struggle on the offensive end and the Wizards capitalized as Harrell converted a three-point play with 5:14 remaining for a 107-90 lead.

Washington had little trouble from there as it cruised to the win.

--Field Level Media

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