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Kings shouldn’t expect an easy time in Philadelphia

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid leads his team in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (7.8). The 76ers are 4-14, but 4-8 at home. ... Embiid shoots a free throw during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid leads his team in scoring (18.2) and rebounding (7.8). The 76ers are 4-14, but 4-8 at home. ... Embiid shoots a free throw during an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Associated Press

Kings (7-11) at 76ers (4-14)

THE PARTICULARS

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

When: 4 p.m. Wednesday

TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140

THREE KEYS

1. Focus: The 76ers have been at the bottom of the NBA in recent seasons, but they are improving. The Kings would be foolish to assume this will be an easy victory, especially on the road.

2. Get moving: The Kings are at their best when the offense has ball and player movement and isn’t relying solely on DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to attack. If the Kings resort to simply staring at Gay or Cousins with the ball, they’ll be in trouble.

3. Distance help: Sacramento made a season-low three 3-pointers in Monday’s overtime loss to the Washington Wizards. The Kings need a perimeter scoring threat to keep Philadelphia’s defense honest.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

7

Darren Collison

PG

40

Arron Afflalo

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

15

DeMarcus Cousins

PF

41

Kosta Koufos

C

76ers

No.

Player

Pos.

14

Sergio Rodriguez

PG

12

Gerald Henderson

SG

33

Robert Covington

SF

7

Ersan Ilyasova

PF

21

Joel Embiid

C

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