NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, January 3rd (All times eastern)
Philadelphia 76ers (15-15) at Sacramento Kings (12-17), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings attempt to win their third straight game when they welcome the Philadelphia 76ers tonight to ARCO Arena.
This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Sixers are scheduled to host Sacramento on January 24th at the Wachovia Center.
The Kings have won nine straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings in this series. The Sixers have lost four straight at Sacramento.
The last time the 76ers defeated the Kings was on December 30, 2000 at Sacramento.
Sacramento plays the second contest of a four-game homestand. Mike Bibby racked up 33 points and 10 assists while Kenny Thomas netted a season-high 29 points as the Kings earned a 116-112 victory over the Boston Celtics on Friday in front of their home crowd.
Kevin Martin contributed a career-best 22 points in the win over Boston for the Kings, while center Brad Miller netted 20 and pulled down 10 rebounds in the victory.
On the injury front, forward Peja Stojakovic (groin) is probable for tonight's game. He has missed Sacramento's last two games and is averaging 17.1 points per contest. Stojakovic has been sidelined for a total of six games in the campaign.
The Kings are 8-9 as the host this season. They will also host the Clippers and Pacers in the final two contests of the current homestand.
Philadelphia plays the fifth contest of a season-long seven-game road trip. The 76ers are 1-3 on their current swing. On Saturday, Gordan Giricek had a team-high 23 points to lead the Utah Jazz to a 108-102 victory over the Sixers at the Delta Center.
All-Star Allen Iverson paced the Sixers, who lost their second consecutive game, with a game-high 37 points in the loss to the Jazz. Former King Chris Webber had 21 points and eight boards while Andre Iguodala tallied 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor.
Webber is playing at Sacramento for the second time since being traded on February 23, 2005 to Philadelphia in a blockbuster deal at the trade deadline. The Michigan product spent six-plus seasons with the Kings.
The Sixers, who are 3-3 in their last six on the road, are 5-10 as the visitor this season. They will visit Phoenix and the Lakers in the final two contests of the current swing.
01/03 10:10:37 ET