Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers will go up against the Sacramento Kings, who are fighting for their lives to grab hold of an eight-seed out west. The Kings are five games back from the Clippers for the final playoff spot, but have been struggling lately, going just 3-7 in their last 10 games.
The Sixers catch this young squad at a good time, as the Kings lost in Boston last night by a final score of 126-120. Facing tired legs finishing up a four-game East Coast trip, the Sixers should look to improve to 28-9 at home during the regular season.
This is the second and final meeting between the two teams. The Sixers ended up on the wrong side of their first matchup in California, as they fell to the Kings, 115-108. The roster will look a little different this time, as that loss for the Sixers was pre-Tobias and during the Corey Brewer era of the team. The Sixers were also without JJ Redick for that game and WERE with Mike Muscala (sorry Mike). In that game, Joel Embiid finished with 29 points and 17 rebounds, Jimmy Butler chipped in another 29 points along with seven assists, and Ben Simmons had 22 points and eight rebounds.
Hopefully the Sixers can split the season series and hold on to the three-seed for the home stretch of the regular season; Philadelphia is currently a half-game back of Indiana after the Pacers’ comeback win last night over the Thunder.
Ben Simmons and Mike Scott both did not practice on Thursday with upper respiratory infections, because the Sixers don’t know how to wash their hands or drink ginger ale.
(P.S. - It’s now mathematically impossible for the Sixers to match/beat their 16-game winning streak from the end of last season.)
Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Sacramento Kings
When: 7:00 pm EST
Where: The Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Listen: 97.5 the Fanatic