Preview: Wizards meet Sixers in home finale

Preview: Wizards meet Sixers in home finale
April 12, 2013, 9:00 am
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Wizards vs. 76ers

At Verizon Center

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET

Season series: Tied 1-1.

Last meeting: The Wizards won 90-87 on March 3 at home. PG John Wall scored six points in the final 1:33 to bring his team back. C Emeka Okafor had 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds. All five starters scored in double figures. SG Bradley Beal's season took a turn for the worst, however, when he suffered a left ankle sprain in the fourth quarter. Beal would miss 11 of the next 13 games and eventually get shut down for the season because of a stress injury to his right leg.

Previous game: The Wizards lost to the Miami Heat 103-98 on Wednesday to fall to 29-50. The 76ers lost to the Atlanta Hawks 124-101 Wednesday to fall to 31-47.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards -– PG John Wall, SG Garrett Temple, SF Cartier Martin, PF Nene, C Emeka Okafor. 76ers –- PG Jrue Holiday, SG Damien Wilkins, SF Evan Turner, PF Thaddeus Young, C Spencer Hawes

Pivotal matchup: Young vs. Nene.  Both PFs have struggled as of late. Nene’s rebounding has been lacking more than his scoring. The last time he reached double figures in that category was March 13. The Wizards were out-rebounded by 13 in the loss to Miami. Young had been 13 of 38 shooting in the first four games of April, but he scored 28 points by shooting 14-for-20 against Atlanta.

Trending upward: Backup PG A.J. Price is coming off a career-high 23 points vs. Miami. … After turning the ball over 13 times in the first half, the Wizards only had three in the second half. Wall only had two for the game.

Trending downward: SF Martell Webster re-aggravated an abdominal strain and his availability and SF Trevor Ariza (sore left knee) has missed two games in a row. Coach Randy Wittman doesn't expect either to play. … PF Trevor Booker (tailbone bruise) dressed but didn't play vs. Miami, but Wittman said he could've.  … In 21 minutes, PF Jan Vesely failed to score but picked up four fouls.

He said it: “The people usually here on that last game usually are diehard fans that live with you through good times and bad. So I'd like to see us go out and perform in a way for them that we can be proud of." -- Wizards coach Randy Wittman

Around the bend: Monday at Brooklyn Nets, 7:30; Wednesday at Chicago Bulls, 8. Both games on CSN.