Sixers-Kings preview: Quest for sixth straight victory

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Sixers forward Robert Covington is averaging 15.3 points.

76ers (6-4) at Sacramento Kings (2-8)

Thursday at 10 p.m., Golden 1 Center

Talking points

This is a matchup of two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum. A win would enable the Sixers to start 7-4 for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign. They would also extend a winning streak to six games for the first time since Dec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 10, 2012. Meanwhile, the Kings avoided their worst home start in 27 years with a win Tuesday to improve to 1-3 at home. Sacramento also has the league’s third-worst overall record, behind the Dallas Mavericks (2-10) and Atlanta Hawks (2-9).

How to watch and follow the game

  • TV and streaming: NBC Philadelphia
  • Radio: 97.5 FM
  • Twitter: @PompeyOnSixers

Starting lineups

Sixers (6-4)

33 Robert Covington SF 6-9  15.3 ppg. 1.50 spg

9 Dario Saric PF 6-10  9.9 ppg. 5.2 rpg.

21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 20.5 ppg. 10.1 rpg.

17 JJ Redick SG 6-4  15.6 ppg. 3.4 apg.

25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 17.8 ppg. 10.1 rpg.

Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 81-257)

Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Jerryd Bayless (left wrist soreness, out).

Kings  (2-8)

8 Bogdan Bogdanovic SF 6-6 10.1 ppg 2.4 rpg.

50 Zach Randolph PF 6-9 12.8  ppg. 6.3 rpg.

00 Willie Cauley-Stein C 7-0 8.3 ppg. 6.2 rpg.

17 Garrett Temple SG 6-6 8.3 ppg. 1.7 apg.

3 George Hill PG 6-3 8.5 ppg. 2.8 apg.

Coach: Dave Joerger  (fifth season, 181-157)

Injury report: Harry Giles (bi-lateral knee rehabilitation, out).

Head to head

The Sixers hold a 163-125 series advantage. The teams split last season’s two meetings. The Sixers’ last win in Sacramento was a 110-105 decision on Dec. 30, 2015.

Coming games

Saturday: 8:30 p.m., at Oracle Arena, Sixers vs. Golden State Warriors

Monday: 10:30 p.m., at Staples Center, Sixers vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Wednesday: 10;30 p.m., at Staples Center, Sixers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Nov. 18: 7:30 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Golden State Warriors vs. Sixers

Nov. 20: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Utah Jazz vs. Sixers