Sixers vs Kings Preview: Boogie Nights in Philly

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers ride a 17-game losing streak into the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday. Can they catch DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings on the second night of a road back-to-back and nab a win?

2013-2014 NBA Regular Season
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March 12, 2014
Wells Fargo Center
7 p.m
CSN Philly/3M's/Marc Zumoff, Malik Rose, and Molly Sullivan
Probable Starters
Michael Carter-Williams PG Isaiah Thomas
James Anderson or Hollis Thompson SG Ben McLemore
Evan Turner SF Rudy Gay
Thaddeus Young PF Reggie Evans
Spencer Hawes or Lavoy Allen C DeMarcus Cousins
2013/14 Advanced Stats
102.6 (1) Pace 96.8 (14)
96.0 (30) ORtg 103.7 (15)
107.3 (28) DRtg 106.5 (24)
Game Officials
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While many have argued that tanking is the number one issue in the NBA, so many other dilemmas that now face new NBA commissioner Adam Silver have been completely overshadowed. One large issue still remaining is the possibility that players are suffering gruesome injuries due to poor scheduling. In a season that includes 82 games over the course of 6 months, the idea that an NBA team should play back-to-back road games in the span of 24 hours is absolutely ludicrous.

The Philadelphia 76ers welcome a Sacramento Kings team to the Wells Fargo Center who are currently stuck on one of those dreaded back-to-backs. If the Kings were a veteran, contending team, they'd like be benching one or several of their key players like a Dwayne Wade or Tim Duncan. The Kings aren't a veteran team and they're certainly not a contending team. Sacramento comes to Philly reeling from a 99-89 loss in Detroit last night.

DeMarcus Cousins could very well lead the Kings to a win over the Sixers. Sure, Jarvis Varnado has stuck for at least another 10-day contract, but Brett Brown has nobody on his roster who'll be able to stop Boogie in the paint. At the same time, this might be the Sixers' last chance to get a victory this season.

Regardless, both teams rank in the bottom-six in the league in defensive rating. Expect a lot of unorganized running, ill-advised jumpers and a game firmly in the 200s.

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