It’s gameday! The Philadelphia 76ers are taking on the Sacramento Kings tonight at 10:00 pm EST in Golden 1 Center. Tonight’s contest will be broadcasted on NBC Sports Philadelphia, NBA TV, and Philadelphia’s 97.5 “The Fanatic”. As for uniforms, the Sixers will rock their “Spectrum”-based city jersey and Sacramento will sport their standard association jerseys. Last season, the 76ers swept the Kings 2-0 in their regular season series, and are hoping for the same result this year.
The Sacramento Kings are 6-11 on the year and sit at 12th place in the western conference. Unfortunately, the Kings are on a three-game losing streak and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Lately, Sacramento suffered a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz 123-105. Moreover, star De’Aaron Fox’s numbers dropped significantly compared to last season.
To boot, he’s averaging an uncharacteristic 19.7 points per game, shooting 41.9% from the field, and hitting only 24.3% of his perimeter. Worst of all, Sacramento’s defense gives up 110.5 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them as the 26th worst defense in the NBA.
Yesterday was an eventful day for Kings fans. Head Coach Luke Walton was fired by Sacramento, as a result of their poor performance on the season. Afterward, the Kings’ assistant coach Alvin Gentry got promoted to their interim head coach. Furthermore, if Gentry is successful in his tenure as head coach, he may be able to keep this job longer. [Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski]
Kings 2:30 pm EST Injury Report:
(No injured players listed)
The Philadelphia 76ers are 9-8 on the season and dwell at 10th place in the eastern conference. Recently, Philadelphia was defeated by the Portland Trail Blazers 118-111. In that game, Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey both contributed 28-point performances. Additionally, guard Tyrese Maxey has performed extremely well as the starting point guard. On the season, Maxey is averaging a career-high 18.4 points per game on 61.3 true-shooting percentage. Statistically, Philadelphia is scoring 112.4 points per 100 possessions, which ranks them as the 3rd best offense in the league. Efficiency-wise, the Sixers rank 3rd in the league in field-goal percentage, shooting 46.9%.
Tyrese Maxey ‘21-‘22 Stats:— Jacob Moreno (@Jacobmorenonba) November 21, 2021
• 18.4 PPG
• 3.7 RPG
• 4.6 APG
• 61.3 TS% (6.3% above NBA average)
• 42.1 3PT%
– 76ers score 9.6 more PTS per 100 poss. when Maxey’s on (116.0 ORTG)
– Maxey is involved in 20.2% of poss. per game (20.2 USG%)#Sixers #HereTheyCome pic.twitter.com/42KFhCifTA
However, COVID-19 and other injuries are still plaguing this 76ers team. Evidently, star Joel Embiid remains sidelined due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Plus, Danny Green is once again out because of hamstring soreness, and Ben Simmons is still yet to report to the 76ers. Further, Tobias Harris is struggling with hip soreness and is unlikely to play in tonight’s game.
76ers 2:30 Injury Report:
- Joel Embiid (Out – Health and Safety Protocols)
- Danny Green (Out – Left Hamstring Tightness)
- Tobias Harris (Questionable – Left Hip Soreness)
- Ben Simmons (Out – Personal Reasons)