Weary 76ers Match Kings in Scoring Spree

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 6:34 PM UTC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 6:34 PM UTC

Coming off their loss Monday night to the Chicago Bulls, the Philadelphia 76ers are back home and should have Joel Embiid in uniform against the Sacramento Kings. While this should be an easy win for Philly, Monday's game should have been that, too, so can the Kings hang in there, with the Sixers on no rest?

NBA Tuesday: Kings vs. 76ers

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Free NBA Pick: Over 208Best Line Offered: Bovada

The Sixers probably should be embarrassed by their loss to the Bulls on Monday, but Chicago has been playing better and the Sixers were without their best player. That should change tonight with Embiid seemingly back in action as Philly meets one of the NBA's worst teams.

The Sixers’ defense has been struggling recently, but that is going to help our play on this one. Philly is allowing 117 points per game over their last five, and even though Embiid being back will help that some, it won’t be enough to avoid the defensive lapse of a back-to-back.

Since the beginning of last season the Sixers are 14-8 cashing the over on no rest, according to Team Rankings. They are 2-1 cashing the over this season when playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and with the Kings presenting some matchup issues for the Sixers’ defense, it would not surprise me to see Sacramento get into the low 100s.

That being said, the Sixers should also have no problem scoring. Sacramento has a 111.2 defensive rating, which ranks 29th in the NBA, and they have allowed 108 points per game on the road.

If the Sixers can bounce back from Monday's loss, I could see both teams putting up more points than the total suggests.

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