Sacramento Kings vs Philadelphia 76ers 1/29/22: Starting Lineups, Matchup Preview, Betting Odds, Live Stream
Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers Matchup Preview (1/29/22)
The worst team in the NBA, the Sacramento Kings, will head to Philadelphia to inevitably drop another game against MVP-candidate Joel Embiid and the rest of the Sixers squad. Philadelphia still has some issues to fix, but we are seeing a much-improved team than earlier in the season. As a matter of fact, it is merely two games out of first place in a competitive Eastern Conference. Astonishingly, the Sixers have been able to have this type of success without Ben Simmons, but Tyrese Maxey stepping up has a lot to do with it.
Meanwhile, the Kings are playing some of the least inspired basketball that NBA fans have ever seen. They will be without De’Aaron Fox or Terence Davis once again in this matchup due to injuries, so it’s hard to imagine this being even remotely competitive. As long as the Sixers don’t play down to their competition, they should run away from this one. Check out my analysis below to see if Philly will be able to cover what will likely be an enormous spread!
Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers Betting Odds
Regardless of the spread hovering around -10.5, I will be all over the Philadelphia 76ers. Philly has played quite well recently as it builds chemistry, and Joel Embiid has played like an MVP. This is absolutely the kind of game where Embiid could have 50 points because the Kings are playing with zero interest whatsoever. Any chance of the Kings covering went out the door when both De’Aaron Fox and Terence Davis were ruled out. Don’t overthink this or let it scare you off because the spread is double-digits.
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Time: 7:30 PM ET
Arena: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
Channel: NBA League Pass
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Sacramento Kings Starting Lineup
SG: Davion Mitchell
SF: Harrison Barnes
Sacramento Kings Analysis
Playing without De’Aaron Fox and Terence Davis due to injuries spells out trouble for the Sacramento Kings. There were already enough concerns and issues surrounding Sacramento, especially the morale within the organization. After Fox was named a potential tradeable asset, the Kings plummeted in many statistical categories. It’s hard to blame him. Would you want to give your all to an organization that isn’t giving its all to you? I get it, that’s the business part of the NBA that is ugly and not fun to discuss, but that does not make it any less accurate or relevant. Regardless, when Harrison Barnes is forced to become your leading scorer due to injuries, you’re probably in trouble anyway. Barnes did have a great game against the Atlanta Hawks; however, the Kings still lost by double-digits. Sacramento has lost five straight games, including the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, and Milwaukee Bucks. Based on how Philadelphia has played recently, it’s hard to imagine this being close. And it should be equally unsurprising if huge moves are made in the Kings’ organization in the following two weeks.
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
PG: Tyrese Maxey
SG: Furkan Korkmaz
SF: Matisse Thybulle
PF: Tobias Harris
C: Joel Embiid
Philadelphia 76ers Analysis
As I mentioned in my last article on the Sixers, Daryl Morey is blowing it. This Philadelphia team is no joke, and it could get even better if it could trade for a few immediate, win-now players. Unfortunately, Morey seems dead set on waiting until the off-season at this point. It’s doubtful that a team will decide to give up a ton to get Simmons at this point in the year. If the Sixers could get one or two more substantial players in a Simmons trade, they could go to heights not yet seen; however, we will likely not see that this season. It’s a shame to waste a prime Joel Embiid year, but that is what will likely happen. Regardless, if he continues this play, Embiid could still walk away from the 2021-22 NBA season with an MVP award. We should see him and the rest of the Sixers’ offense tee off on the Sacramento Kings, who are the worst team in the NBA at this moment.
Sacramento Kings vs. Philadelphia 76ers Daily Fantasy Picks
Tyrese Maxey has had a breakout year for the Philadelphia 76ers in just his second season in the league. Maxey has filled an enormous void for the Sixers at the guard spot, with Ben Simmons still sitting out due to his disagreements with the Philadelphia front office. While Maxey does not have the defensive prowess of Simmons, he certainly contributes more in the scoring department. During the 2021-22 NBA season, Maxey has averaged 16.5 points, 4.6 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on a tremendous 46/41/87 shooting split. One could argue that Maxey is the second-best shooter on the Sixers only behind Seth Curry, who is notorious for his efficiency. Not only does Maxey shoot it at a high clip, but he also can penetrate off the dribble. For DFS, Maxey still is a terrific value, even though his days of being the primary scorer with Embiid or Harris out are over for now. He has still scored between 15 and 25 points consistently over the past month, so if you need a consistent guard who can fill it up and stuff other areas of the stat sheet at times, too, then Maxey is a good option.
After the Kings’ display in their past five games, I would not recommend anybody from their team in DFS. If I had to choose someone, it would be Davion Mitchell. Mitchell is a flat-out competitor and winner, and it is downright sad that he is stuck in that organization. Still, we can expect Mitchell to get more tick and more shots, especially since De’Aaron Fox and Terence Davis are out. This is not a team that will be competing for anything in the next few months, so I would expect Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell to shoulder a lot of the load and continue to gather valuable experience. Mitchell has been particularly busy in his past two games, shooting 15 times one night and then 17 times the next. He was not particularly effective in one of those games, but he dropped 20 points in the most recent game. Additionally, he chipped in six assists and a couple of boards. If he can play like that against the Sixers, he could give you a substantial boost in DFS.