Sixers After Dark: The never-ending roadtrip continues tonight in Sacramento
What’s up everyone? Say hello to me, Brielle Berry, the new girl here at The Liberty Line. TLL has quite the reputation to say the least. Am I getting bullied like Syl after her Flyers ice comments? Maybe just a little, but honestly it’s nothing I can’t handle. Apparently Drew and Victor listened to Chick Chat on WHIP Radio, a show in which I co-host with Sylvanna Kelleher. The guys clearly saw some potential because now I’m here, talking about my favorite thing in the world, Philadelphia 76ers basketball. Let’s get into tonight’s game against the Sacramento Kings.
Luke Walton, the Kings head coach, was fired on Sunday, reported by Adrian Wojnarowski. Walton joined the team in 2019 and produced a 68-93 record, and Sacramento is off to a 6-11 to start this season. The Kings haven’t had a record over .500 since the 2005-2006 season, when Rick Adelman was head coach.
The Sixers have one win in their last seven games, with that win coming on Thursday night against the Nuggets. Granted, they have been without All-Star Joel Embiid for quite some time due to COVID-19 protocol. Injuries and COVID have been plaguing this team for the past few weeks. Luckily for the Sixers, Matisse Thybulle made his return against the Blazers after missing the last couple of weeks due to the NBA’s health and safety protocol as well. Thybulle said he felt pretty good during his return despite not being able to play basketball for two weeks. The team is unsure when Embiid will be back, but it has been quite evident how important he is for the Sixers.
The Kings are on a three-game losing streak, but with the firing of their head coach, could this team pick up a win at home? I mean anything is possible in the NBA.
Tonight’s Odds from Parx Sportsbook, the official sports betting partner of The Liberty Line
|Philadelphia 76ers||+2.5 (-112)||+112||O 220.5 (-112)|
|Sacramento Kings||-2.5 (-112)||-136||U 220.5 (-112)|
Worth noting, the Sixers have also fined Ben Simmons for failing to travel with the team on their road-trip out west. I originally said to ship Ben out to Sacramento and let him rot, but the guys at TLL said no because Ben wants to be in California and the team can’t give him what he wants. My new piece of advice for the team is to ship Ben to Cleveland for a 2052 sixth-round pick. Sounds pretty good if you ask me.
Players to Watch:
The player the Sixers need to stop tonight is De’Aaron Fox. Fox struggled in their last game against the Jazz, but he is averaging just over 19 points per game and shooting 41% from the field.
For the Sixers, it’s obviously Tyrese Maxey. In the month of November, Maxey is averaging 20.4 points per game, with 58 total assists. He’s shooting a tremendous 53.7% from the floor and 47.4% from three point range.
Over the last six games, Maxey has put up the following numbers:
- 22 PTS, 60% FG
- 16 PTS, 50% FG
- 24 PTS, 67% FG
- 33 PTS, 63% FG
- 31 PTS, 50% FG
- 28 PTS, 53% FG
The Sixers can’t take this team lightly, despite their 6-11 record. Last thing they wanna do is come into this game soft, then get embarrassed in Sacramento. I think I would actually cry if this team lost another game on this road trip which is the last thing I need after just joining The Liberty Line late last week.
Kings tonight, Warriors on Wednesday. I am literally Steph Curry’s biggest fan but obviously I will be cheering on the Sixers, (although Steph please have a phenomenal game if you’re reading this). After Wednesday, the Sixers FINALLY return to the Wells Fargo this Saturday against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
As always, GO SIXERS. Kick some butt tonight boys.