Sweltering Kings set to host East-leading 76ers
The Sacramento Kings are among the most popular groups in the NBA, and they want to keep the success going when they host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
The Kings have actually won 4 straight contests and seven of their previous 8 as they open a five-game homestand versus the Eastern Conference-leading 76ers (17-7).
The torrid stretch has seen the Kings go from five games below.500 to 12-11 on the season. And the last three wins have come versus playoff groups from last season: the Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers.
” We’re playing defense,” star point player De’Aaron Fox stated after Sunday’s 113-110 road win over the Clippers. “That’s the most significant thing about what we’re doing today.
” We understood we’re able to score with anybody. When we require stops we’ve been able to get them. If we can stay secured defensively and we can keep our turnovers down, we can give ourselves an opportunity to win.”
The 23-year-old Fox definitely has been locked in offensively and Monday it was acknowledged when he was called NBA Player of the Week in the Western Conference for his efficiency during Sacramento’s 4-0 week.
Fox averaged 31 points and 8.8 assists during the week and had trips of 38 points against the New Orleans Pelicans and 36 against the Clippers.
He consistently took over in the fourth quarters of games. Versus the Pelicans, he scored 17 successive Kings points as his team rallied to a win.
2 nights later on, he scored 13 fourth-quarter points versus Boston to fuel another strong final stanza. He scored 12 successive Sacramento points in the fourth quarter against the Clippers.
” This is what he’s capable of,” Kings coach Luke Walton said of Fox. “This is what he as a player and as a worker has actually begun to turn himself into. He offers the entire team a great deal of self-confidence when he’s playing in this type of attack mode. I understand he took control of the fourth, however he did it all video game, really, in my opinion. He was in attack mode all night and that’s when our group is at our best.”
The 76ers have actually also been on a roll with 5 wins in the past 6 games.
Center Joel Embiid has actually been strong with 4 30-point efforts throughout the stretch. He scored 33 points in Saturday’s 124-108 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
Returning a bit deeper, Embiid has actually tallied 30 or more in 8 of his previous 10 looks, consisting of twice topping 40.
” He’s just been dominant,” colleague Ben Simmons said. “I haven’t seen anyone who can stop him.”
Simmons likewise performed solidly against the Webs as he had 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting to go with 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals.
Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers is in his first season coaching Simmons and is beginning to understand his significance to a group.
” I believe you need to coach him and be around him to see his worth,” Rivers stated. “He’s invaluable to a basketball group. Not only his defense and passing, however many little things.”
Tobias Harris likewise is offering constant offense by topping 20 points in eight of the previous 11 video games. He had 21 points, a season-best 12 rebounds and matched his season high of 6 helps versus Brooklyn.
The 76ers have won the past 3 conferences with the Kings, consisting of two last season. Embiid had 33 points and 16 rebounds in a 97-91 house win on Nov. 27, 2019, and Harris taped 28 points and 14 rebounds in a 125-108 roadway win on March 5, 2020.