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An interconference contest sees a pair of tough teams take the floor looking to pick up ground in the playoff picture in the City of Brotherly Love. The Sacramento Kings are on the road as they make the trip to face the Philadelphia 76ers Friday night. Sacramento was in action on the road as they faced the Celtics in Boston Thursday night. Philadelphia defeated Cleveland 106-99 at home in their last game Tuesday night. The 76ers lead the all-time regular season series 163-128 but the Kings have taken four straight meetings, including a 115-108 home win in the first matchup this season on February 2.
Sacramento Kings Close Four-Game Road Trip
Sacramento was in action up in Beantown Thursday night as they faced the Celtics in the third game of a four-game road swing that ends here. The Kings entered that contest ninth in the Western Conference, 4.5 games behind the Jazz and Clippers, who are tied for the final two playoff spots. Sacramento is just 3-7 in the second game of back to back situations this season. In those games, the Kings average just 104.9 points per game, which is well below their season average of 113.7 points a night. Sacramento allows 114.7 points per night in those games, which is in line with their full-season mark of 114.8 points a night.
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— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 15, 2019
The Kings have been solid on the offensive end of the floor this season. Sacramento is 10th in the league in scoring with 113.7 points per game and 14th in rebounding with 45.4 boards per contest. The Kings are 10th with 25.5 assists a night. Sacramento has been below average defensively, ranking 26th by allowing 114.8 points per game. Sacramento is 14th in the league in field goal percentage as they shoot 46.2 percent from the floor. The Kings stand tied for 14th in the league with 11.2 three pointers per game and currently are 4th in three-point shooting at 37.5 percent from beyond the arc. Sacramento is just 3-7 in their last 10 games, ranking 7th in the league with 115.5 points per game in that stretch. Buddy Hield has leads the way in that stretch with 23.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game despite shooting 39.4 percent from the floor. Marvin Bagley III continues his strong rookie season with 18.4 points plus nine rebounds per contest while De’Aaron Fox chips in 18.9 points plus 7.9 assists per game in that stretch. The Kings have to get better secondary scoring to help carry the load here.
Philadelphia 76ers Seek Third Straight Win
Philadelphia had a tougher than expected time Tuesday night at home but managed to dispatch Cleveland for their second straight win. The 76ers entered Thursday third in the Eastern Conference standings, eight games behind the Bucks for the top spot: they trailed Toronto in the Atlanta Division by five games. Philadelphia led by 12 after the opening quarter only to trail 97-96 with 2:53 to play. At that point, the 76ers woke up, outscoring the Cavaliers 10-2 the rest of the way to escape with the victory. Philadelphia shot 49.4 percent from the field, including eight of 23 from three-point range, and dominated the glass by a 60-37 margin to overcome 21 turnovers. Ben Simmons led the 76ers with 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in the win.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 13, 2019
The 76ers enter this game 5th in scoring offense with an average of 114.8 points per game. Philadelphia is 4th in rebounding with 47.4 boards per game and stands 3rd in assists with 27.1 per contest. The 76ers are 16th in scoring defense by allowing an average of 111.5 points per game so far. Philadelphia is 7th in field goal percentage as they shoot 47.1 percent from the floor. The 76ers are tied for 18th in three pointers per game (10.9) but stand tied for 9th in three-point percentage as they cash in 35.8 percent of their shots from beyond the arc. Philadelphia is 6-4 in their last 10 games as they have overcome injuries that have knocked pieces out of the mix. Joel Embiid has put up 25 points and 15.5 rebounds per game in that stretch but missed the first eight games after the All-Star break before returning against Indiana March 10. Tobias Harris contributes 20.7 points plus 8.5 rebounds a night while shooting 51 percent from the floor. Jimmy Butler (16.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists) and Ben Simmons (19 points, 10.1 rebounds, 7.7 assists, 52.7 percent shooting) are all contributing.
- 76ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest
- 76ers are 25-9 ATS in their last 34 vs. Pacific Division teams
- Kings are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall
- Kings are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 0 days rest
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Sacramento is playing the second game of a back to back situation here as they close a four-game road trip. The Kings have some work to do in order to gain ground in the playoff picture but facing the Celtics and 76ers on back to back nights is a tough undertaking. Philadelphia is back to firing on all cylinders with Embiid back in the mix after he missed eight games. The 76ers are very good at home and they have their stars ready to go. Philadelphia won’t take Sacramento for granted, especially after Cleveland gave them a run playing the second game of a back to back earlier this week. Look for the 76ers to get the win here.
Prediction: Philadelphia 76ers -9
Full-Game Total Pick
Philadelphia is a tough team to beat at home and they have arguably the top starting five in the league. Sure, Golden State and perhaps Toronto might argue but the fact remains that it’s tough to match up with the 76ers’ starting unit. Sacramento likes to run and gun but one has to wonder if fatigue will take a toll on them as they close this road swing with back to back games. The Kings are trying to make a move in the playoff picture in the Western Conference: can they find a way to get a win here?
The under is 4-0 in the Kings’ last 4 road games, 4-0 in their last 4 Friday games, 21-5-1 in their last 27 overall and 22-6 in their last 28 against Atlantic Division teams. Philadelphia has seen the under go 5-0 in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 4-0 in their last 4 home games, 4-0 in their last 4 vs. Western Conference foes and 4-1 in their last five against Pacific Division teams. With the Kings being under machines of late and playing the second game of a back to back, this one falls under the number.
Prediction: Under 233