DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings should beat the 76ers tonight

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Wednesday nights 113 – 106 win over the Charlotte Hornets was the first solid win the Sacramento Kings have had since they beat the Memphis Grizzlies back in February.

It’s been a bad road trip for this team, and yet they have an opportunity to finish it with a .500 record if they can beat Philadelphia tonight and Washington on Saturday. It won’t be easy, but it’s doable. It would be quite a feat considering how this team looked against the Spurs and Hawks last week.

The Hornets aren’t very good, but they were highly motivated. Beating a team on their home court when every game has a massive impact on their playoff hopes isn’t easy, and I thought the Kings really controlled the game for most of it.

You can find the highlights from that game below, and our full recap here.

If you needed any evidence that the Kings are in Philadelphia tonight to play the 76ers, well, here you go.

The 76ers are hilarious. They really are. I would probably feel different if I had to watch them for 82 games, but as an outsider looking in, I love what they are doing.

They are going to be good. It’s going to take time, but you can almost guarantee that. If the Kings had taken a similar route when Rick Adelman was fired, they wouldn’t be in the middle of their ninth ‘rebuilding’ year.

Can anyone tell me who the Philadelphia 76ers leading scorer is? I’ll give you a few seconds to think …

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Isaiah Canaan!

Ok, that was sort of a trick question. Michael Carter-Williams would have been the correct answer, but he was traded at the deadline, and technically Tony Wroten is averaging the most points per game on the roster, but he is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL.

Needless to say, this is a game the Kings could and should win. The 76ers beat the Hawks and took the Bulls to overtime in back-to-back games, but that doesn’t change my opinion here at all. A loss tonight would be disappointing. I can’t help but feel that way about it.

The 76ers are essentially starting Nerlens Noel at center right now. I like Noel quite a bit, and as a power forward next to a center like DeMarcus Cousins, I really like him, but Cousins should be able to overpower him in the post on every possession tonight. Anytime Cousins and the Kings have this kind of interior advantage, I like their chances.

Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers

Where: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA

When: 4:00 PM Pacific, 7:00 PM Eastern

Broadcast: Comcast Sportsnet California

Radio: KHTK Sports 1140 AM

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