Preview: Sixers at Sacramento
The Philadelphia 76ers are looking to snap their NINE game road losing streak tonight against the blazing hot Sacramento Kings.
The Kings are in the midst of a playoff push, winning 6 of their last 7, they are only a few games back from the 8th seed holding Memphis Grizzlies (who they have defeated twice since the All-Star Break). Expect the Kings to play with a purpose against the injured Sixers squad.
Coming off the absolute beatdown in the second half of the Lakers game, I am certain the Sixers can “Do a 180” heading into Sacramento. I mean, they can’t lose every game on the road. Right?
There were a few positives that stood out to me that I believe we can build off of:
Glenn Robinson III stepped up in a big way on Tuesday night. After questioning Brett and his role with the Sixers, he went on to drop 25 points (matching a career-high) while shooting 10-15 from the field. Everybody knew the stat that Glenn Robinson was shooting 0% from 3 since being acquired by Philadelphia, but he found his stroke to the tune of 3-5 from distance. The Sixers will be leaning on his scoring heavily whether it’s coming off the bench, or in the starting lineup.
Mike Scott was in the starting lineup for the 8th time this season and was surprisingly efficient. All of his points came from beyond the arc, shooting 4-7. He also showed his effort in the form of 8 rebounds, one of those being offensive. If he can help spread the floor and crash the boards tonight, he will give the Sixers a nice shot at winning the game.
Shake Milton cooled off a bit coming off his career night against the Clippers. He was only 4-9 from the floor while giving the ball away 5 times. Shake is typically very careful with the ball with only averaging 1.2 TO’s, but I wasn’t surprised he had trouble with a top 3 defense in the NBA. I think he will get back on his horse tonight and go for 18+ points. He will also have to step up on the defensive side of the ball trying to cover that 6’3 guard from Kentucky.
Keys to the Game
Slow Down De’Aaron Fox.
In his last game, Fox exploded for 31 points and 3 steals. Barrelling through the lane, he shot 12-19 from the field. Fox is one of the fastest players with the ball in his hands, so stopping him in transition will be a challenge. Without the DPOY candidate, Ben Simmons, our guards will need to come together to stop Swipa.
🦊 24.3 PPG
🦊 5.0 APG
🦊 52.5 FG%
🦊 32.7 MP
🦊 6-0 record@swipathefox has been on a TEAR since the All-Star Break 😈 pic.twitter.com/jpQfiH7slz
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) March 5, 2020
As long as we can prevent Fox from running in transition and getting to the basket, I think we can limit their impressive 3 point shooters Heild and Bogdanovic.
Over 219 points.
Looking at Sacramento Kings box scores from the past 20 or so games, it seems like there is almost always a team to score 120+ by themselves. In my opinion, scoring will come in bunches for these two teams tonight.
Shake Milton OVER 15.5 points.
Like I said earlier, I am looking for Shake to take better care of the ball, as well as shoot slightly better from the field than he did against the Lakers. I am almost to the point of calling this a lock, but I don’t think I will go that far.
Sixers +5 points
While I think the Sixers will win this game outright, this team is extremely unpredictable on the road. If you are feeling daring, take that money line. Do you. Then tweet at us and rub it in how you hit on it and I will congratulate you.