Thursday, January 2, 10:00PM (EST) at Sleep Train Arena, Sacramento, California
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Posted: January 2, 2014
SACRAMENTO –– Looking to match their longest winning streak of the season – three games, the Sixers travel to Sacramento Thursday for the fourth game of a five-game Western Conference road trip.
It began Saturday, with a 115-101 loss to the Suns in Phoenix. Philadelphia followed that up with a 111-104 victory at Staples Center the very next evening. And on Wednesday, the Sixers dealt the Denver Nuggets their eighth consecutive loss, winning two straight on the road for the first time this season.
The Sacramento Kings began the year 7-18, but have won three of their last five, a stretch during which they earned a win over the Miami Heat at Sleep Train Arena and a road victory against the Houston Rockets.
Scouting The Kings
Shake it up
On December 9, the Kings completed a seven-player trade with the Toronto Raptors, acquiring Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray in exchange for Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, John Salmons, and Greivis Vasquez. Four of the Raptors' 10 wins this season have come in the 10 games since the deal. Gay has averaged 19.4 points (48.1 FG%), 4.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 10 games (all starts) as a King.
Earning it at the Stripe
The Kings rank 14th in the league in scoring (100.4 PPG), but place amongst the league’s best in getting to, and converting from, the free-throw line. Since acquiring Rudy Gay, this strength has only been fortified. Through 10 games since the trade was finalized, the Kings have ranked third in the NBA in free throws made per game (20.5). Gay has accounted for 4.5 of those – sixth-best amongst small forwards. Teammate DeMarcus Cousins, who ranks fourth in the league in made free throws this season, has led all centers during the stretch with 6.8 per game. On the season, the Kings have shot 77.6% from the line, good for seventh best in the league.
Tale of the Tape
|PPG||Evan Turner – 19.5||DeMarcus Cousins – 22.7|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 8.9||DeMarcus Cousins – 11.3|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.5||Isaiah Thomas – 6.1|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 3.1||DeMarcus Cousins – 1.8|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.5||DeMarcus Cousins – 1.0|