76ers vs Kings 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

76ers vs Kings 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

Written by on March 5, 2020

The Philadelphia 76ers are truly horrible on the road and are underdogs on the Mybookie NBA odds to lose away from home again Thursday as they remain without Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in a visit to Sacramento. Let’s see how the NBA odds will be for the 76ers vs Kings.

76ers vs Kings 2020 NBA Game Preview & Betting Odds

76ers vs Kings First Meeting

On Nov. 27, the Sixers beat the visiting Kings 97 -91. Joel Embiid had 33 points and 16 rebounds. He finished 10-of-19 from the field and 12-of-14 from the free throw line. Philadelphia rookie Matisse Thybulle scored all 15 of his points in the second half. Thybulle was needed after Josh Richardson didn’t return in the second half due to right hamstring tightness. Buddy Hield scored 22 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 18 for the Kings. Sacramento closed within five, 92-87, thanks to a 14-2 run. But Embiid scored from close to put the 76ers up 94-87. The Kings were without starting point guard De’Aaron Fox. Sacramento has dropped their last two meetings against Philadelphia.

Why Bet on Philadelphia?

Philly (37-25) lost its ninth straight road game Tuesday, 120-107 at the Lakers. L.A. took control by outscoring the 76ers 37-19 in the second quarter. Philly’s role players and backups got off to an impressive start, taking an early 13-point lead. That’s when Anthony Davis took control with a dazzling second quarter that included three 3-pointers. The Lakers made 17 of their 19 shots at one point.

The 76ers were without three starters in Josh Richardson and All-Stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Richardson is in the NBA’s concussion protocol after colliding with teammate Alec Burks in Sunday’s loss to the Clippers. Embiid missed his third straight game with a sprained left shoulder. Simmons missed his fifth straight game with a lower back injury. None are expected to play here.

Without arguably their three best defensive players, the Sixers were fully outmanned and outgunned, which is why Brett Brown changed up his defensive looks, throwing a bunch of 2-3 zone at the Lakers.

Al Horford was dominated by Davis, and Horford could be seen on the broadcast getting ice and treatment on his left knee on the bench. He’s missed time this season because of soreness in that knee and left hamstring tightness.

Tobias Harris showed no ill effects from a sore knee from his previous game and hit 8-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points along with seven rebounds. Shake Milton hit 4-of-9 shots for 12 points in the loss; he dropped a career-high 39 points on the Clippers the game before. He’s starting for Simmons.

Glenn Robinson played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 10-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points along four rebounds. Robinson has now scored at least 20 points nine times in his career, with eight of them coming this season.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 109.03
  • Field Goal %: 46.34
  • Three Point %: 35.83
  • Free Throw %: 74.78
  • Total Rebounds: 45.5

Defense

  • Total Score: 107.21
  • Field Goal %: 45.97
  • Three Point %: 35.38
  • Free Throw %: 74.34
  • Total Rebounds: 42.24

Why Bet on Sacramento?

The Sacramento Kings (27-34) won for the third straight game and sixth in the past seven Tuesday, 133-126 over Washington. Sacramento’s 76 points in the first half were a season high.

Sacramento had seven players in double figures on a wild night when they won despite being held to 19 points in the third quarter and nearly blowing a 28-point lead. Coach Luke Walton was ejected in the third quarter. Walton had to be physically restrained after being ejected after being hit with back-to-back technical fouls during a big Wizards run in the third.

De’Aaron Fox played through his abdominal tightness and hit 12-of-19 shots for 31 points in the win. Walton has confirmed that Fox is not 100 percent, but the Kings don’t have the luxury of sitting him right now with the team pushing for a playoff spot.

Bogdan Bogdanovic finished with 21 points, Buddy Hield scored 17 and Cory Joseph added 14. The Kings remain without injured big men Marvin Bagley and Richaun Holmes. Holmes (right shoulder) progressed to some 2-on-2 work this week.

In the seven games since coming back from the All-Star break, the Kings are averaging 114.9 points, 23.9 assists, 9.3 steals and just 11.9 turnovers per game, tied for fifth in steals and third turnovers per game; the Kings are also fourth over that period in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.01). The Kings have been solid defensively over the seven-game period, posting a defensive rating of 106.6 over their last seven contests, which is sixth in the NBA during that time as opponents are averaging the seventh lowest scoring since returning from the break, averaging just 108.7 points per game.

Also since the break, Sacramento is forcing 15.9 turnovers per game while scoring 18.1 points per game off opponent turnovers, which ranks seventh in opponent turnovers per game over their last seven games.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Total Score: 108.7
  • Field Goal %: 45.77
  • Three Point %: 36.21
  • Free Throw %: 76.49
  • Total Rebounds: 42.39

Defense

  • Total Score: 110.56
  • Field Goal %: 46.68
  • Three Point %: 35.39
  • Free Throw %: 79.52
  • Total Rebounds: 43.7

76ers vs Kings Game Trends

  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games.
  • Philadelphia are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against Sacramento.
  • Philadelphia are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
  • Sacramento are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Sacramento’s last 6 games.

76ers vs Kings Expert Prediction

Kings 118, 76ers 108