The Philadelphia 76ers travel to the Golden 1 Center to take on the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
The Sixers have lost back to back games and have dropped nine consecutive road games. Philly has been in California since last Sunday and Kings will be their third straight opponent from the Golden State. The Sixers are currently without Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Josh Richardson who are all injured. The Kings have won three straight games and they have won six out of their last seven assignments. Sacramento is fighting for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and is just 3.5 games behind the 8th seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
Nine Straight Road Losses
The Philadelphia 76ers finished their trip to Los Angeles with a 0-2 record. Philly lost to the Clippers at Staples Center on Sunday and they dropped a 107-120 decision to the Lakers last Tuesday, their 9th consecutive road loss. The Sixers remain in California for a date with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night.
Philadelphia played without Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Josh Richardson against the Lakers. Glen Robinson III matched his career-high with 25 points while Tobias Harris added 18 points for the Sixers. Shake Milton, Mike Scott, and Furkan Korkmaz each scored a dozen points for the losing team.
The Sixers rank 22nd in the NBA in scoring at 109.0 points per game. They are 12th in rebounding at 45.5 boards grabbed per contest and are 9th overall in passing at 25.8 assists per game. Philadelphia has the 7th best scoring defense in the league at 107.2 points per game allowed.
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The Sacramento Kings picked up their third straight win with a 133-126 win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night. The Kings squandered a 28-point lead and allowed the Wizards to tie the game at the start of the fourth period. They got their bearings back in the 4th and pulled off their sixth win in their last seven games played.
De’Aaron Fox led Sacramento with 31 points on 12-19 shooting from the floor. Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 21 points while Buddy Hield added 17 points and Cory Joseph contributing 14 points for the Kings. Alex Len came off the bench to score 12 points while grabbing six rebounds.
Sacramento ranks 23rd in scoring at 108.7 points per game this season. They are 27th overall in rebounding at 42.4 boards pulled down per contest and are 22nd in assists at 23.3 dimes per outing. The Kings have the 16th best scoring defense in the league at 110.6 points per game allowed.
Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in their last six games played. The Sixers are 0-9 SU in their last nine games played on the road, and 14-5 SU in their last 19 games played against the Pacific Division. Sacramento is 6-1 SU in their last seven games played. The Kings are 6-0 SU in their last six games played at home, and 4-1 SU in their last five games against the Eastern Conference. Head to head, the Kings are 6-4 SU in their last 10 games played against the Sixers.
The Sixers are falling fast in the team standings. Philadelphia is now just 6th in the East and the team is still without Embiid, Simmons, and Richardson. Without three starters, Philly has dropped four out of their last six contests. Worse, they have lost nine in a row on the road and this one is another road game.
The Kings have won their last six home games and they have won six out of their last seven games overall. This team is without Marvin Bagley III but they have gotten big games from Bogdan Bogdanovic, De’ Aaron Fox, and Buddy Hield. When those three go off at the same time, the Kings are tough to beat.
The big thing here is that the Sixers have lost nine straight road games. Philadelphia has been disappointing away from home this season. The Kings are just 13-15 SU at home this season but they have won their last six games at the Golden 1 Center. I like the Kings scorers to have a big game here.
Prediction: Sacramento Kings
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The Sixers are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games played. Philadelphia is 1-3 ATS in their last four games played on the road. The Kings are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games played. Sacramento is 3-1 ATS in their last four games played at home. Head to head, the Kings are 5-0 ATS in their last five games played against the Sixers.
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The Sixers’ last four losses have been by six or more points. Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons are out of this contest but Josh Richardson has been upgraded to day to day. Despite that, Philadelphia’s road woes are so glaring that it’s really hard to put your money on them. The law of averages says that the losing streak is going to end soon but without their top two players, this doesn’t look good for them.
Prediction: Kings -5
The total has gone over in four out of the last five games played by Philadelphia. The over is 4-1 in their last five games against the Western Conference. The total has gone under in four out of the last six games played by the Kings. The over is 3-1 in Sacramento’s last four games played at home. Head to head, the over is 5-4 in the last nine meetings between these two teams.
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The Kings are coming off a high scoring game against the Wizards but usually, they don’t place a fast-paced game. Sacramento has scored 108 or fewer points in three out of their last four assignments. The Sixers are undermanned without Embiid and Simmons plus possibly Richardson. They have scored 107 or fewer points in half of their last six games. Sacramento is a decent defensive team and they should be able to slow down the Sixers’ offense here.
Prediction: Under 220