Sunday's game: Wizards-Sixers preview

Sunday's game: Wizards-Sixers preview
March 2, 2013, 5:30 pm
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Wizards vs. 76ers

at Verizon Center

TV: CSN, 6 p.m. ET

Season series: 76ers lead 1-0.

Last meeting: The Wizards lost 92-84 on Jan. 30 at Philadelphia. The Wizards committed nine more turnovers, were outscored 38-26 in the paint and allowed the 76ers to have five players score in double figures. They also had trouble scoring, led by PF Nene with just 16 points. The two starting guard positions for the Wizards only produced 11 points total.

Previous game: At home, the Wizards lost to the New York Knicks 96-88 on Friday to fall to 18-39.  They didn't have Nene (shoulder) for the second game in a row. At home, the Sixers beat the Golden State Warriors 104-97 to improve to 23-34.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards – PG Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Emeka Okafor. 76ers – PG Jrue Holiday, SG Nick Young, SF Evan Turner, PF Thaddeus Young, C Spencer Hawes

Matchup watch: Wall vs. Holiday. Usually ball-handling is indicative of the outcome of games. It couldn't be more true for this one. Wall has been in a funk, particularly when it comes to turnovers. Holiday, a first-time All-Star this year, is having his best season though he had six turnovers the last time these teams played. Wall, however, only had nine points in missing nine of his 12 shots and had five giveaways.

X-factors: Nene and backup PG A.J. Price (thigh) will be game-time decisions for Washington. Price also missed Friday’s game. 

Trending upward: The Wizards have become a solid three-point shooting team. They shot 7-for-16 vs. the Knicks, 43.8%, and entered that game first in the NBA in the last 10 games at 45.2%. For the season, the Wizards shoot 35.5%.

Trending downward: Speaking of shooting threes, Wall had an attempt Friday. He was nodding his head as he released it. And he had good reason. Not only was it a brick, Wall shoots 0.71% from long range. In other words, he’s 1-for-14.

He said it: “If you lose one of the best players on any team’s roster, you are going to miss them. He brings the intangible, high basketball IQ, the ability to score on the post, his ability to past out of the post, and his ability to defend a couple different positions” –- Wittman on not having Nene for last two games.

Looking ahead: Wednesday at Minnesota Timberwolves, 8; Friday at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30, Saturday vs. Charlotte Bobcats, 8. All on CSN.