Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic flashes three fingers after scoring a 3-point basket during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic flashes three fingers after scoring a 3-point basket during the first quarter of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)|Associated Press
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Road Worriers: Sixers could end 45-day away losing streak against the Kings (at least they should cover)

Greg Frank

Greg Frank

0-1 Wednesday, 103-101-2 overall.

Sixers (+5) @ Kings (218.5)

Pick: Sixers +5

Eventually the Sixers have to win a road game, right? Philadelphia has dropped nine straight away games and if it does not win tonight in Sacramento or Saturday at Golden State, the road losing streak will have spanned two full months. The last road win for the Sixers came in Brooklyn on January 20. Their next road game after the current four-game trip concludes against the Warriors is on March 19 in Charlotte. That’s really hard to pull off for any NBA team, let alone one that’s trying to earn a top four playoff seed in its conference. I know the Sixers are shorthanded, but they’ve shown some fight so far on this trip, covering with ease against the Clippers on Sunday and while they didn’t cover against the Lakers on Tuesday, the Sixers did win two of the four quarters. I like the idea of buying low on Philly here and selling high on Sacramento as well. The Kings are both 6-1 straight-up and against the spread in their last seven games. They’ve played their way into the mix for the eighth seed in the West, but I still think it’s going to be another year without playoff basketball in California’s capital city. How often do non-playoff teams go on better stretches than winning six out of seven? The Sixers lost by six against the Clippers on Sunday, arguably the best team in the NBA. Can they lose by less than that against a likely lottery team? That doesn’t seem to be asking much.

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