KINGS (10-20) VS. 76ERS (XX-XX)
Time: 7 p.m.
Where: Sleep Train Arena
TV/radio: CSNCA, 1140
1. Power game: DeMarcus Cousins has emerged as perhaps the best offensive center in the NBA. One reason is his willingness to play physical in the paint. The Kings need him to do that and help set a physical tone early.
2. Forward thinking: The 76ers start two athletic forwards, which means the Kings could use Rudy Gay and Derrick Williams more as a tandem. Jason Thompson played more against the bigger frontlines of San Antonio and Houston to help defend bigger players. But even 76ers center Spencer Hawes can shoot from the perimeter, so the Kings might be forced to play smaller up front.
3. Protect the paint: Keeping Philadelphia rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams out of the paint is critical. If the Kings can control Carter-Williams, they should be able to slow the 76ers offense. Carter-Williams (6-foot-6) will have a size advantage, so the Kings might have to use bigger defenders on him.