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Kings vs. 76ers Preview: Sacramento looks to end homestand in style

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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Remember that horrid road trip?  This homestand has been like Groundhog's day in that the Kings are getting chances to make up for their horrid play last week with wins this week.  One such terrible loss last week was in Philadelphia, but now they have a chance to give the Sixers their 16th straight road loss. Tonight's game tips off at 7:00 pm Pacific on CSN California and KHTK Sports 1140.

3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR

1. If there's one thing that worked great for the Kings in their last matchup against Philadelphia, it was DeMarcus Cousins.  Cousins was unstoppable, scoring 39 points to go with 24 rebounds in just over 40 minutes of play.  The Kings were actually a +3 with Cousins on the floor in a game that they lost by 7.  The Kings will need other players than Cousins to step up.

2. The 76ers are not a good offensive team, which is why their 37 point 3rd quarter in the last matchup was so off-putting.  The Kings have been playing better defensively as of late, so it shouldn't require a ton of effort to keep Philadelphia from scoring, especially given their lack of offensive threats.

3. The Kings have had a lot of success lately with the DeMarcus Cousins/Rudy Gay/Omri Casspi frontline.  I'm curious to see if Sacramento opts to continue this strategy.  The 76ers aren't very big themselves so I expect we'll see the same starting lineup tonight.

MATCHUP OF THE GAME

Robert Covington vs. Rudy Gay

Covington was the star of the game for the 76ers in their last matchup, scoring a team-high 24 points including 6 of 12 from downtown.  Rudy scored 24 points of his own, but defensively he can't be allowing Covington to keep pace with him, especially allowing open three point attempts.

PREGAME LIMERICK

The Kings lost to the 76ers, oh well.
they've got some talent in Nerlens Noel.
But now we're at home,
Omri says "Shalom!",
and the fans are bringing on the cowbell.

PREDICTION

Kings 119, Philadelphia 97 as the "week of contract-year Derrick Williams" continues.