The Wizards don’t have much to look forward to, though, as they’ll be facing the first seed of the Eastern Conference and one of the strongest teams of the season, the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers have had an incredible season and are favorites to go through the Eastern Conference and challenge the title. After being swept in the first round by the Celtics last season, the Sixers will be hoping to avoid that fate this time and will have a good chance of doing so.
They have since made profound organizational changes and created an extremely sturdy defense to go with a mercurial offense, featuring in-form players such as Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Seth Curry. The Sixers have worked hard to get that first seed, and they’ll be looking to make short work of the Wizards in their quest to progress toward the title. With the combination of an amazing roster, high motivation, and great form (they have a record of 8-2 in the last 10 games) for the Sixers, the Wizards will not be taking this game lightly.
However, the Wizards themselves are in cracking form now, with the loss to the Celtics a rare blip in an otherwise great run of victories. Westbrook and Beal have been playing well since ending their injury issues, and will be looking to make a major impact from now on.
Tactically, the Wizards will be an exciting matchup for the Sixers, presenting an interesting problem in the shape of star players combined with support that can easily cause issues for the otherwise stellar Philly defense.