The Sacramento Kings (21-14) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (3-33) on Tuesday, January 9th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit and televised on NBCS. Both the Kings and Pistons will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Kings vs Pistons
The Kings Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Sacramento’s most recently played the Pelicans and lost with a final score of 133-100. Despite trailing at halftime by a score of 72-47, the Kings picked up the win.
Coming into today’s game, the Kings are 21-14 overall and have gone 3-2 in their last five games. In the Western Conference, they are in 5th place and hold 2nd place in the Pacific division.
Against the spread, Sacramento are currently above .500, at 18-17 ATS. Sacramento has covered the spread in two straight road games and are 9-6 ATS on the road compared to 9-11 at home.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pistons is coming off a loss to the Nuggets in their latest game, ending with a score of 131-114. Despite being behind at halftime 65-57, the Pistons picked up the win.
In non-conference games, the Pistons are 0-13 and have gone 3-20 against teams from the Eastern Conference. Overall, the Pistons are 3-33 and have a record of 1-4 in their last five games.
Detroit arrives with an ATS record of 14-21 for the season up to this point. The Pistons have failed to cover the spread in three straight games as the favorite and are 14-18 vs. the spread as the underdog.
Kings Offense Breakdown
For the season, the Sacramento offense is the 8th ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.7 points per contest. So far, Sacramento is averaging 100.3 possessions per game, making them one of the more up-tempo teams in the league. Thus far, the team’s faced paced style of play has helped their overall numbers, as they are currently the 10th team in made field goals per contest.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
The Pistons come into today’s game as the 25th ranked scoring offense at 111.5 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.4 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Detroit offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 17th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Kings Team Defense
As they prepare for the upcoming game, the Kings is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 118.0 points per game (22nd). Inside the arc, the Kings defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 55.3% and 38.1% from three-point territory.
Pistons Team Defense
At this time, the Pistons’ defense is positioned 26th in the NBA, permitting 122.6 points per game. In their previous game, the Pistons’ defense struggled against the Nuggets, giving up 131 points on a field goal percentage of 47%.
Key Players For The Kings And Pistons
In today’s game, we anticipate De’Aaron Fox leading the scoring for the Kings, contributing 26 points while shooting 9/19 from the field. Throughout this season, his average stands at 28.3 points per game, along with 4.4 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Bojan Bogdanovic as the leading scorer for the Pistons. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 19 while also collecting 4 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 44.7%, and he is contributing 19.5 points per game on average.
Kings vs Pistons Trends
- Sacramento has played well in their previous 5 road games, going 3-2 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 113 points per game while allowing 111. The team also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Detroit has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 121 per game. The team went 0-5 overall in these games.
- Spanning across their last three games as the betting underdog, the Pistons have gone 2-1 vs the spread. Their overall record in these games was 0-3.
- Through their last three matchups as the betting favorite, the Kings have a good straight up record, but their ATS mark is just 1-2.
Entering the game as underdogs with a spread of +11.5, the Pistons is our point spread pick. Our projections not only see them covering the spread but also indicate a solid chance of an outright victory. This is a good choice for those looking for a higher moneyline payout.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 240, and our model predicts the Kings and Pistons to score a combined 220 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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