Pistons vs. Kings Pick
Can the Sacramento Kings find a way to hold off the visiting Detroit Pistons when these two meet up at 10:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, the Kings are the slight favorite at home tonight, as Sacramento is getting odds of -2 points against the Pistons. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 205 points. The home team has won three straight in this series, but Detroit is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six against the Kings.
Detroit is looking to make a push to the .500 mark as they have won their last two games to get to 18-21 on the year. The Pistons are coming off a 125-124 double OT win over the Blazers in Portland on Sunday night. The Pistons are also 18-21 against the spread on the season, but are just 2-4 ATS in their last six. Detroit was once one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, but the Pistons are now giving up 100.3 points per game, allowing at least 114 points in their last three games. Detroit also averages just 100.3 points per contest. Reggie Jackson is now leading the team with 16.8 points and 5.8 assists per game while Andre Drummond is adding 14.9 points and 13.4 rebounds per contest.
The Kings have lost three straight, all at home, to fall to 15-22 on the season. They have also gone 2-5 against the spread in their last seven to move to 19-17-1 ATS on the season. Sacramento really has struggled on defense this season, giving up 105 points per game while the offense averages 102.3 points per contest. DeMarcus Cousins is the clear leader of the team with 28.1 points and 10 rebounds per game. Rudy Gay has added 18.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per contest.
While Detroit is out West, I think the Pistons will find a way to win tonight. Drummond can cause some problems for Cousins and I like the other matchups for the Detroit starters. The Pistons have more scoring options while the Kings rely heavily on Cousins and Gay to do their scoring. With Cousins somewhat neutralized, it’s all up to Gay, but I think the Pistons can make a concentrated effort to slow him down as well.
NBA DAILY PREDICTION: DETROIT PISTONS +2