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Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers at a glance

Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) defends against Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers during their game Dec. 30, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Noel scored a team-high 20 points in Philadelphia’s 110-105 victory.
Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo (9) defends against Nerlens Noel of the Philadelphia 76ers during their game Dec. 30, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. Noel scored a team-high 20 points in Philadelphia’s 110-105 victory. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Kings at 76ers

THE PARTICULARS

  • Where: Wells Fargo Center
  • When: Wednesday, 4 p.m.
  • TV/radio: CSNCA, 950, 1140
  • Records: Kings 21-31, 76ers 8-44

THREE KEYS

  • 1. Transition defense: The Kings are giving up 14.6 points per game on fast breaks. If the 76ers exceed that average, the Kings probably committed too many turnovers.
  • 2. Three-point defense: Sacramento’s opponents are making 10.7 three-pointers per game, the most in the NBA. If that trend continues, the Kings will struggle to contain opponents. Even bad three-point shooting teams look forward to playing the Kings, anticipating plenty of open looks.
  • 3. Defensive energy: The opposition scores too easily against the Kings, so they must improve at rotating and helping each other to slow Philadelphia, which already has beaten Sacramento this season.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Kings

No.

Player

Pos.

9

Rajon Rondo

PG

3

Marco Belinelli

SG

8

Rudy Gay

SF

41

Willie Cauley-Stein

PF

00

DeMarcus Cousins

C

76ers

No.

Player

Pos.

1

Ish Smith

PG

11

Nik Stauskas

SG

33

Robert Covington

SF

4

Nerlens Noel

PF

8

Jahlil Okafor

C

Jason Jones

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