November 30, 2016, 10:41 am
With the tough loss against Washington still fresh in the player’s minds, the Sacramento Kings will head to Philadelphia for what should be a fairly easy game against the 76ers. Philadelphia is currently 4-14 on the season, making them one of the worst team’s in the league.
For a team with playoff aspirations, Wednesday’s game becomes somewhat of a must-win. Philadelphia has some talent, but they have huge holes in the roster, and their best player is on a minute restriction that limits him to 24 minutes per game. The Kings will need to take advantage of situations like these as much as possible.
Here are some notes heading into the matchup:
- Sacramento has continued to play Kosta Koufos and Arron Afflalo in the starting lineup, and the results have been fairly disappointing. Koufos provides a great presence for the team defensively, but does not seem to fit well with DeMarcus Cousins. Lineups with Afflalo and Cousins are -2.2 in over 422 minutes, and Koufos’ lineups are neutral in just over 237 minutes. Temple would be a much better fit offensively and defensively, and a player like Omri Casspi or Matt Barnes may also help give some energy to the starting lineup.
- Joel Embiid has been an incredible presence on both ends of the floor this season for Philadelphia, so Sacramento will have to find a way to try and deal with him. Koufos may not have the mobility that’s required defensively, so this could end up as a tougher matchup for the team. Willie Cauley-Stein would be an interesting choice, and could certainly use the opportunity.
The Kings would really benefit from having a dominant win on the road after Monday night’s overtime loss, so tonight could be an opportunity to get the team some momentum heading into Boston. A win would move the team to 2-1 on the current road trip which would give them a decent cushion for their tough game Friday night against the Celtics.