Game 70 Preview: Philadelphia 76ers at Sac Kings

Luc Mbah a Moute chats with Fat Lever following Sacramento Kings practice in Santa Barbara. (Photo: Jonathan Santiago)

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.

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