The 76ers (31-19) are rolling, having won five straight. The Wizards (23-27) come into town with the season series tied at one game apiece.
Philadelphia is near the top of the pack in a stuffy Eastern Conference where any win or loss can drop a team from first to fifth in a day. Washington is in turmoil, having lost six straight and it’s part of every trade deadline conversation.
How to watch the Washington Wizards at the Philadelphia 76ers today:
Game date: February 2, 2022
Game time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
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Washington handed Philadelphia a rare loss two weeks ago (117-98) behind seven players in double figures and 63 bench points:
In their two games this season, they have been mirror images with Philadelphia winning the first game (117-96) and Washington then taking the second game (117-98).
Philadelphia is 1-0 with Joel Embiid in the lineup and Bradley Beal out. Washington is 1-0 with Bradley Beal in the lineup.
A win today would give Philadelphia the season series victory for the fourth straight year, with Washington tied for last in the series in 2017-2018 and not winning the series since 2015-2016. In the Embiid era, Philadelphia has been pretty dominant against Washington.
For his career, Embiid is averaging 26.7 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game going 54-41-83 in 15 games against Washington. Overall, he’s only played more games against two other teams, dominating them over the years.
On the other hand, in 26 career games against Philadelphia, Beal is averaging 23.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 49-43-81 divisions.
Both stars are looking to pick up a win today for their team as they continue their separate journeys to the playoffs.