The 76ers are welcoming an opponent to town which they have had tremendous success against. They have beaten the Kings in seven of their last eight meetings and have topped the 100 point mark in six of their last seven meetings. Of those six times, they have topped 110 points five times. They certainly have not lacked offense against Sacramento. They last met last year at the Wells Fargo Center with the Sixers winning 112-85. All time, the Sixers are 85-38 at home against the Kings. Tonight’s game is the fourth game of the Sixers eight game homestand. An interesting note is that the 76ers have hit 44 more shots than their opponents this season but have been outscored by 156 points.
Who to Watch: Evan Turner. Turner is coming off of a quiet game against the Wizards in which he only registered six points, four rebounds, and three assists in 37 minutes. He scored 20 or more points in each of the three games prior to Wednesday. He is 8-for-15 from 3-point range but has not hit a three pointer in two games. Turner is averaging 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game on the year.
The Kings are playing their fourth game on their six game road trip. They enter having lost five of their last six games and six of their last eight. The last time the Kings beat the 76ers was on March 27, 2011 when they won 114-111 in overtime at the Wells Fargo Center. The fact that the Sixers are outshooting opponents on the year does not bode well for the Kings who are 3-27 when being outshot by their opponent. They are 4-26 when trailing at halftime but are 13-4 when they have the lead heading into the locker room.
Who to Watch: DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is the Kings volatile center. He is averaging 17.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per game on the year. He ranks first among centers in steals averaging 1.55 steals per game. His 17.3 points per game are second best among NBA centers and he also ranks second in the league among centers with 4.4 free throws per game. He has trouble control his temper as he leads the Kings with nine technical fouls and two flagrant (one of them was a flagrant-2) fouls so far this season.
Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available for the game. The game can be seen on The Comcast Network and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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