Kings vs. Sixers Preview: Clash of Titans

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Kings are bad, but are they bad enough to lose to Philadelphia... again?

The Kings look to stop a three game losing streak tonight in Philadelphia (4:00 pm on Comcast SportsNet California and KHTK 1140) against a team that has lost 16 straight and isn't looking to win many more in a bid for a top pick.  The Kings have already lost to the Sixers once this year though, so it's not a team they can just expect to beat.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Isaiah Thomas vs. Michael Carter-Williams

Isaiah has struggled with size in the past, and PGs don't come much bigger than Michael Carter-Williams.  MCW is probably the Rookie of the Year favorite, but he himself is still pretty raw, shooting under 40% on the season.  Thomas has been in a bit of a shooting slump lately, so he'll need the help of his teammates to get open.  Hopefully Thomas can find his range again against this poor Sixers defense.

3 THINGS

1. The Sixers have very little in terms of size in their frontcourt after trading away Spencer Hawes.  DeMarcus Cousins should be able to get whatever he wants, and Jason Thompson, now the backup Center apparently, should do well when coming in off the bench.

2.  The Sixers play at the fastest pace in the league, but they also have the worst offense in the league at 98.6 Offensive Rating.  That's an interesting factoid that I'm not sure I've seen before. It makes sense to at least be fast paced if you're going to suck.

3.  Thaddeus Young is a legitimately good player, and one that deserves better than what he's getting in Philadelphia.  Young can do a little bit of everything, quicker than most fours, but strong enough to guard them.  He's not a great rebounder though, especially at the four, so the Kings should theoretically dominate the glass.

PRE-GAME HAIKU

No more Spencer Hawes
That must be a huge relief
now losings more fun.

PREDICTION

Kings 125, Sixers 110 as no defense reigns.

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