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DeMarcus Cousins Will Lead Sacramento Kings to Victory Friday Night

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The Sacramento Kings are getting in the headlines for all of the wrong reasons in 2012-13 and DeMarcus Cousins has been at the front and center of the controversy. At 17-30 the Kings find themselves already looking towards next season where they may be playing their NBA home games in Seattle.

For now the team sets their sights on the Philadelphia 76ers who will host the Kings on Friday Night and hope to improve to 20-26 as they too have struggled mightily. After trading for Andrew Bynum this off-season and getting no production from him due to injury the club will have to get hot late in the season to possibly snag a postseason berth this season.

Isaiah Thomas has been a bright spot for the Kings of late as he notched his first career game winner versus the Washington Wizards on Monday. The team is 1-2 on the current six-game road trip and are dying to get a win in Philadelphia as they have not beat them but once in the last eight meetings.

I stand firm that the Kings will stop the spell tonight and get a victory over a 76ers team that has not won back-to-back games since late November–the 76ers are fresh off of a Wednesday victory over the Wizards.

Now, Cousins has averaged just 10.5 points and 5.0 rebounds in his last four games and I believe he is due for a big game against a 76ers team that has gotten out rebounded in six of the seven games.ย Cousins is not a model for consistency but I think he will come to play against a weak 76ers front court. Expect the Kings to notch a much-needed victory in the midst of this road trip.

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