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January 10th Sixers vs Kings game thread

Philadelphia 76ers Game Thread #9


3-6 6-2
Location: Wells Fargo Center
Time: January 10th, 2011, 7:00 PM Eastern
Channel: CSN, NBA League Pass
Probable starters:
Tyreke Evans PG Jrue Holiday
Jimmer Fredette SG Jodie Meeks
John Salmons SF Andre Iguodala
J.J. Hickson PF Elton Brand
DeMarcus Cousins C Spencer Hawes
Advanced Stats: (league rankings)
97.0 (22) Off 106.6 (1)
106.2 (27) Def 90.2 (1)
44.1% (28) eFG% 50.95% (6)
50.1% (27) deFG% 41.6% (1)
14.4% (16) TOR 11.8% (1)
32.9% (1) ORR 25.0% (19)
67.3% (30) DRB 73.2% (17)
33.8% (4) FTR 27.3% (20)

Mortal Enemies: Sactown Royalty

This is another team that the Sixers should be able to beat, and while the Sixers are on the tail end of a back to back, Sacramento is traveling. And this is also another team the Sixers will miss undermanned, as the Kings will be out starting shooting guard Marcus Thornton. Thornton had averaged 26.3 points per game in the Kings 3 wins.

Jimmer Fredette will make the first start of his career in his place. The Sixers should be able to take advantage of extensive minutes from Jimmer by making him pay defensively. The Kings are already at the bottom of the league defensively.

DeMarcus Cousins will also be starting for the Kings, making his third straight start in place of Chuck Hayes who is out with a dislocated left shoulder. Cousins is averaging 17.5 points and 12.5 rebounds on 53.8% shooting since returning as a starter, but has committed 9 turnovers to 0 assists during that time.

The key to beating the Kings is keeping them on the offensive glass, where they are the best in the league, led by DeMarcus Cousins, whose 20.0% offensive rebounding rate is the best in the league. Keeping the Kings off the free throw line will be important as well. The Sixers will go up another strong (at least physically) front court presence in DeMarcus Cousins, the guy they passed over in the 2010 draft to select Evan Turner.

Prediction: Sixers 107, Kings 95

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