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Sixers-Wizards preview: Stopping Bradley Beal and Otto Porter a must

Otto Porter and Bradley Beal combined to score the game's final five points in Washington's 92-89 win over Minnesota on Tuesday.

The Wizards' Bradley Beal (middle) and Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins (left) fight for a rebound in the second half Tuesday.
The Wizards' Bradley Beal (middle) and Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins (left) fight for a rebound in the second half Tuesday.Read moreCarlos Gonzalez / Minneapolis Star Tribune

Washington Wizards (11-9) at 76ers (11-8)

Wednesday at 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center

Talking points

The Wizards snapped their two-game skid with a 92-89 road win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Otto Porter hit two huge shots in the final minute. Bradley Beal added a foul shot with .2.5 seconds left as the Wizards scored the game's final five points. Porter finished with a game-high 22 points to go with eight rebounds. Beal added eight points and six assists. Washington also had a 49-11 advantage in bench scoring. Beal entered the game averaging 26.6 points in November.

How to watch and follow the game

  1. TV and streaming: NBC Philadelphia

  2. Radio: 97.5 FM

  3. Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers; @NBASarah

Starting lineups

Wizards  (11-9)

22 Otto Porter SF 6-8 16.3 ppg 1.6 spg.

5 Markieff Morris PF 6-10 9.2  ppg. 4.5 rpg.

13 Marcin Gortat C 6-11 10.3  ppg. 9.0 rpg.

3 Bradley Beal SG 6-5 23.4 ppg. 3.6 apg.

8  Tim Frazier G 6-1 3.6 ppg. 3.9 apg.

Coach: Scott Brooks (ninth season, 397-249)

Injury report: John Wall (knee discomfort and inflammation, out)

Sixers (11-8)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  15.2 ppg. 1.63 spg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  10.2 ppg. 6.1 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 22.8 ppg. 11.2 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  15.8 ppg. 3.5 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 18.1 ppg. 9.1 rpg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 86-261)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Justin Anderson (left shin splints, out); Nik Stauskas (sprained right ankle, out); Ben Simmons (sprained right ankle, questionable)

Head to head

The Sixers have a 177-120 series advantage. The Wizards, however, won by 120-115 in the season opener for both teams on Oct. 18 in D.C.

Coming games

Thursday:  7 p.m., at TD Garden, Sixers vs. Boston Celtics

Saturday: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Detroit Pistons vs. Sixers

Monday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Phoenix Suns vs. Sixers

Dec. 7: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sixers

Dec. 9: 8 p.m.,. at Quicken Loans Arena, Sixers at Cleveland Cavaliers