Game 64 Preview: Sac Kings at Philadelphia 76ers

Sacramento Kings teammates Carl Landry, Ray McCallum and Rudy Gay deliberate on the court. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)


Game time: 4:00 p.m. PDT

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA.

Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)


Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (22-41)

PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Rudy Gay
PF: Carl Landry
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Philadelphia 76ers Probable Starters (14-50)

PG: Isaiah Canaan
SG: JaKarr Sampson
SF: Robert Covington
PF: Luc Mbah a Moute
C: Nerlens Noel


Three things to ponder

1. Guarding the arc

The 76ers make the fewest field goals per game in the NBA, but they manage to compete with the 3-ball. They rank 10th in attempts and 12th in makes from behind the arc, which plays into one of the Kings’ biggest weaknesses. Not to forget, new 76ers point guard Isaiah Canaan hit 6-of-10 triples against the Kings as a member of the Rockets on November 26.

2. Battle for the ball

Philadelphia tops the league in steals per contest with 9.8, but they also lead the association in opponents’ steals. Sacramento is nearly as sloppy with the ball but struggles to force turnovers, averaging only 6.5 steals a match. Coach George Karl wants the Kings to take more chances intercepting passing lanes, which makes tonight a good time to start.

3. T-Rob time

Kings draft bust Thomas Robinson once again takes on his former club, now as a member of the 76ers. Robinson has played in all eight games since he was acquired off waivers, and is averaging 8.5 points and 8.4 rebounds (3.4 offensive) in 17.1 minutes off the bench. The Kansas product will be fired up to say the least.

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About: Rui Thomas

Rui Thomas is a writer and reporter for Cowbell Kingdom. He previously covered the Sacramento Kings and the NBA for Sports Out West. He is published by Sports Illustrated’s Truth and Rumors and Yahoo Sports NFL among others.