Points to ponder as the Kings take on the 76ers.
Game time: 7:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, CA.
Broadcast Information: KHTK Sports 1140 (Radio), Comcast SportsNet California (Local Television)
Sacramento Kings Probable Starters (24-45)
PG: Ray McCallum
SG: Ben McLemore
SF: Omri Casspi
PF: Rudy Gay
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Philadelphia 76ers Probable Starters (17-53)
PG: Ish Smith
SG: JaKarr Sampson
SF: Robert Covington
PF: Luc Mbah a Moute
C: Nerlens Noel
Three things to ponder
1. Fixing the breaks
When the Kings lost in Philadelphia on March 13, the pace of the game was enough to induce cardiac arrest. But the 76ers came out ahead in fast break points, 28-25, including 11 in the fourth quarter. Sacramento allowed 27 points of its 18 turnovers, which largely set up the transition defense to fail.
2. Finishing strong
The 76ers demonstrated why they rank No. 2 in the league in blocks, victimizing the Kings. Philadelphia swatted them nine times, and remarkably only one pack came from defensive anchor Nerlens Noel. Sacramento can’t be intimidated by the rim protection and must attack the key with the same aggression shown their past few games.
3. Another 48?
The Kings have played eight consecutive quarters of quality basketball, and are 2-0 to show for it. After letting the 76ers outscore them 37-18 in the third quarter on March 13, anything less than an even effort is unacceptable.Read next