Kings vs. 76ers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage


Kings vs. 76ers watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- One down, five to go.

On their longest homestand of the season, the Sacramento Kings have an opportunity to make up some ground in the Western Conference standings. After a blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks, the Kings play host to red hot Philadelphia 76ers squad that is coming of a big win over the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Aided by a huge bench performance, the Kings rolled over the Hawks for a 135-113 victory last time out. The rookie tandem of Harry Giles and Marvin Bagley combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds off the bench to help Sacramento extend their home win streak to five games.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid sparked Philly in their 113-104 victory over the Warriors. The Sixers currently have the third best record in the Eastern Conference and they're 7-2 over their last nine games.

Kings Pregame Live on NBC Sports California begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:00. All coverage can be seen on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

Sacramento continues their six-game homestand Monday when they host the San Antonio Spurs. Houston, Miami, and Phoenix will follow over the next nine days.


76ers by 3

Projected Lineups

PG De’Aaron Fox
SG Buddy Hield
SF Iman Shumpert
PF Nemanja Bjelica
C Willie Cauley-Stein

PG Ben Simmons
SG Jimmy Butler
SF Corey Brewer
PF Mike Muscala
C Joel Embiid

Injury Report

No injuries to report.

PF/SF Wilson Chandler (quad) out, SG J.J. Redick (rest) out, PG Markelle Fultz (shoulder) out, SG Zhaire Smith (foot) out, C Justin Patton (foot) out.

Rotation Outlook

Dave Joerger's squad has a tall task when they take on the 76ers Saturday evening. The trio of Embiid, Simmons, and Butler all create unique matchup issues, although without Redick roaming the perimeter and hoisting 3-pointers, the Kings might be able to collapse the lane and make life difficult.

The second unit caught fire for Sacramento in their win over the Hawks, outscoring their opponent's bench 80-49. Every button Joerger pushed seemed to be the right one as the reserves helped change the outcome of the game. 

Giles is coming off his best game as a pro. The 20-year-old scored 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting and added seven rebounds in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Brett Brown's squad comes in shorthanded. With both Redick and Chandler sitting, they'll need to find someone to shoot from the perimeter. It won't come from first-time All-Star, Ben Simmons, who is 0-for-1 from behind the arc on the season and has yet to hit a 3-ball in his two years in the league.

Embiid is a beast in the paint. It took a while for the 7-footer to get healthy enough to dominate the game, but the 24-year-old has arrived. He's fresh off a 26-point, 20-rebound performance against the Warriors and he was just named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January.

The Sixers rank fourth in the league in scoring at 115.6 points per game and 21st in points allowed at 111.9. Philly ranks 14th in 3-point attempts, but 11.3 of their 31.8 attempts per game come from the tandem of Redick and Chandler.

Jim Kozimor misses one thing about sports during coronavirus stoppage

Jim Kozimor misses one thing about sports during coronavirus stoppage

Editor's note: Like you, NBC Sports Bay Area insiders, reporters and analysts are feeling the sports void during the coronavirus stoppage. They'll share their thoughts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in "What I Miss About Sports." Next up in the series: Kings Pre and Postgame Host Jim Kozimor.

When I was young I used to love trying to re-create the plays of my sports heroes. I tried to make a shot or pass the way Pete Maravich did. Or become an NFL running back and gallop over and around the defense, which was made up of my strategically placed family room furniture. For that moment, I was Walter Payton breaking tackles and taking on the toughest defense.

What I miss about sports is seeing neighborhood boys and girls out in the driveway trying to replicate Steph Curry twisting Chris Paul into the ground with a baseline move. I miss kids trying to be Jimmy Garappolo and throwing a desperation fourth-down pass to a little George Kittle, who imagines breaking four tackles on his way to winning the game against the Saints.

Part of our connection to sports is that we can imagine ourselves in the big moment making the game-saving play. What Bay Area kid didn't grow up thinking they were either Joe Montana throwing the pass or Dwight Clark making The Catch?

Those re-created moments make sports magical. It carries us from generation-to-generation as fans. And I'll know that life is getting close to normal when a youngster is outside firing a jumper like Klay Thompson, or hitting a home run like Matt Chapman.

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For some, maybe it's to float a pass like Tom Brady or shoot a puck like Logan Couture. Because every little kid wants to be just like their favorite player.

That's what I miss about sports.

Kings' Harrison Barnes to join 'players-only' NBA 2K20 tournament


Kings' Harrison Barnes to join 'players-only' NBA 2K20 tournament

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we're all finding ways to continue to watch live sports -- well, a derivative of that anyway. 

Video games have been able to create a sense of normalcy during the halt across the sporting world.

The NBA just recently announced the league plans to broadcast a players-only NBA 2K20 tournament. The Kings have representation from their own Harrison Barnes (78 overall rating), The Boardroom announced Tuesday.

Along with Barnes, former Warriors star Kevin Durant (96 rating) will be participating in the tournament along with DeMarcus Cousins (81 rating), Andre Drummond (85 rating) and Donovan Mitchell (87 rating).

The matchup seeds were determined by the player's respective 2K ratings and the tourney is set to begin on Friday.

NBC Sports Bay Area/California asked fans who they would like to play 2K against. Unsurprisingly, Kings fans would want to go up against De’Aaron Fox with Dubs’ faithful wanting to face Steph Curry.

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Both would be equally fun. 

The federal government has extended social distancing to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus to at least April 30, which means there's still plenty of time to continue these tournaments. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll be able to see Steph and Fox play against each other -- with a controller in their hands.