Philadelphia 76ers (6-4 SU, 8-2 ATS, 6-4 O/U) vs. Sacramento Kings (2-8 SU, 3-6-1 ATS, 4-6 O/U)
NBA: Thursday, November 9, 2017, Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California, 10 pm ET
Line: Philadelphia -6.5; Over/Under: 205
It’s an inter-conference tilt between two teams from opposite coasts meeting in the capital city of the Golden State. The Philadelphia 76ers play the second game of a five game road trip out west as they face the Sacramento Kings Thursday night. Philadelphia won its fifth in a row with a 104-97 road win over the Jazz Tuesday night to open the road swing. Sacramento snapped a seven game losing skid as they defeated the Thunder 94-86 at home Tuesday. The 76ers have a 163-125 lead in the all-time regular season series but the teams split two meetings last season with each team winning at home.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek Sixth Straight Win
Philadelphia won its fifth in a row to kick off this road trip on a positive note. This marks the 76ers’ longest winning streak since the 2011-12 season. Philadelphia led by 11 after the opening quarter, saw the lead trimmed to two at the half and regained control by outscoring Utah 34-27 in the third quarter. The 76ers shot 42 percent from the floor but knocked down 12 of 27 three point attempts. Philadelphia controlled the glass by a 56-45 margin while holding the Jazz to 30.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 9 of 39 from three point range to overcome 22 turnovers. Dario Saric led the 76ers with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
The 76ers are above average on the offensive end of the floor. The team is 11th in the league in scoring offense with 107.3 points per game. Philadelphia is 4th in rebounding with 47.7 boards a night and 2nd with 26.2 assists per contest. The 76ers are below average on the defensive end, ranking 21st by allowing 107.4 points a game. Jerryd Bayless is putting up 11 points per game while Ben Simmons averages 17.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and eight assists per contest. Robert Covington adds 15.3 points per night, Joel Embiid contributes a team leading 20.5 points plus 10.1 rebounds per contest while JJ Redick chips in 15.6 points a game. Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, Amir Johnson and #1 overall pick Markelle Fultz are going to be looked at to contribute. The 76ers are tied for 13th in the league shooting the ball as they hit 45.7 percent from the floor. Philadelphia is 3rd in threes per game with 12.3 triples a night and tied for 3rd in three point shooting as they hit 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Sacramento Kings Look for Back to Back Wins
Sacramento had lost seven straight but managed to shut down the Thunder at home to get back in the win column. The Kings now look for back to back victories with a triumph in this contest. Sacramento was down 25-10 after the opening quarter but rallied for a one point lead at the half. The Kings took control of the game by outscoring the Thunder 25-16 in the third quarter to take a 10 point lead and coasted to victory. Sacramento shot 46.8 percent from the field and went 9 of 24 from beyond the arc. Buddy Hield led the Kings with 21 points off the bench in the win.
The Kings have struggled on the offensive end of the floor this season. Sacramento is 30th in the league in scoring with 93.8 points per game and 28th in rebounding with 40.3 boards per contest. The Kings are 26th with 19.5 assists a night. Sacramento has been above average defensively, ranking tied for 10th by allowing 103.8 points per game. De’Aaron Fox is second on the Kings with 12.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game. Buddy Hield (12.3 points) and Skal Labissiere (8.9 points, 4.4 rebounds) are part of the young wing group for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein (8.3 points, 6.2 boards) is the key man in the low block while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple (8.3 points) provide veteran help in the backcourt. George Hill, Zach Randolph (team high 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds), Vince Carter and Kosta Koufos have to be mentors for the young guys along with Frank Mason III and Justin Jackson. Sacramento is tied for 23rd in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 44 percent from the floor. The Kings stand 29th in the league with 7.5 three pointers per game and currently are 17th in three point shooting at 35.4 percent from beyond the arc.
- 76ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400
- 76ers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- 76ers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 1 day of rest
- Kings are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Atlantic
- Kings are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record
- Kings are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference
The 76ers have put together a terrific run as this is their longest win streak in five years. Philadelphia is getting great production from Simmons, who is proving to be a versatile threat. Sacramento has been good on the defensive end but their offense is atrocious. The Kings have to be better offensively: 94 points got them the win over the Thunder but it’s going to take more than that here. Look for the 76ers to roll to a victory here to make it six straight.