December 26, 2016, 1:18 pm
The Sacramento Kings head home Monday night looking to continue their win streak with a game against the Philadelphia 76ers. These two teams were supposed to face each-other in Philadelphia last month, but poor court conditions forced the NBA to postpone.
For Sacramento, this game gives the team a chance to further their chances at a postseason spot against a struggling young team. Philadelphia has added plenty of talent through the draft, but those players are still fairly young and learning how to win games. The 76ers can cause trouble for opposing teams at times, but the Kings should be confident in their ability to win.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- DeMarcus Cousins and Joel Embiid will be the matchup of the game, and the Kings should be able to take home the victory if Cousins can come out on top. Embiid is an extremely talented young player, but isn’t likely to be physically capable of handling Cousins. Embiid’s length and athleticism should help him contain Cousins on the perimeter, so Dave Joerger should try to get Cousins in the post as much as possible.
- Ty Lawson has been playing at a very high level recently, and is starting to show that he may be the team’s best option at point guard. Lawson is a great fit next to DeMarcus Cousins, and his ability to get others involved has helped keep the offense going when Cousins isn’t on the floor. Lawson is starting to look like the player that was in Denver, and a career revival could really help the Kings make some noise in the Western Conference.
Sacramento has taken some major steps forward in the last few weeks, and at 13-17, people around the league are beginning to take notice. Another win tonight would help cushion their lead over Portland for the eighth spot in the Western Conference before their rematch on Wednesday.