Planning on watching today’s Kings and Pistons game? Catch the action at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, as the Pistons hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on NBCS. In this non-conference matchup, the Kings are the betting favorite against the Pistons. The over/under for the game is 240 points.
SACRAMENTO KINGS VS DETROIT PISTONS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Detroit Pistons +11.5
This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena at 7:00 ET on Tuesday, January 9th.
WHY BET THE DETROIT PISTONS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 110-108 in favor of the Pistons.
- Our projections have Bojan Bogdanovic finishing with Bojan Bogdanovic points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.
- From the field, we have the Pistons finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.7% and knocking down 12 threes.
Can Sacramento Lock in a Road Win?
As the Kings take on the Pistons, they are favored by 11.5 points on the road. Before today’s game, Sacramento is 5th in the West. Against other teams in the West, the Kings have gone 15-12 compared to 6-2 in non-conference games.
Sacramento’s overall record this season is 21-14, and they are 2nd in the Pacific Division. On the road, the Kings have put together an 8-7 record and have two straight wins away from home.
So far, the Kings have been the favorite in 28 of their 35 games and have a record of 17-11 in those games. Their average scoring differential as the favorite is currently -1.4 points per game, and they have gone 18-17 ATS as the favorite.
This season, 30 of Sacramento’s games have had lower over/under lines than today’s line of 240. The Kings’ over/under record in these games is 16-14, and they have gone 2-3 OU in their previous games with higher OU lines than today’s line of 233.5.
In the game versus the Pelicans, the Kings struggled to score, which is a departure from their season average of 117.7 PPG. They ended up with 100 points and shot 41.8% from the field. De’Aaron Fox has been the team’s leading scorer at 28.3 PPG, while Domantas Sabonis is averaging 19.7 PPG.
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). Sacramento’s defense is currently forcing 12.8 turnovers per game, which is 14th in the league. Additionally, they enter the game ranked 27th in blocked shots, with an average of 3.9 rejections per game.
Do the Pistons Have What it Takes to Win as Home Underdogs?
At 3-33, the Pistons will look to end their four-game losing streak as they host the Kings. When looking at the standings, Detroit is 15th in the Eastern Conference and 5th in the Central.
So far, the Pistons have really struggled on the road this season, as they are just 1-19. For today’s game, they are hoping that playing at home will lead to a win. Detroit’s home record this season is 2-14.
Detroit has been the underdog in 33 of their 36 games and have gone 14-18 against the spread in those games. The average scoring margin as the underdog for the season is -11 points.
In their 240 loss to the Nuggets, the Pistons were able to cover the spread as 16-point underdogs. This snapped their ATS losing streak of three games. The over/under record in that game compared to the average over/under line for the season of 228.7 is 23-13. Today’s over/under line of 240 is just slightly higher than their average over/under line of 228.7.
In their latest game, the Pistons put up 114 points on offense, which is in line with their season average of 111.5 points per game. Leading the team in scoring is Cade Cunningham, who is averaging 22.8 PPG. Jaden Ivey is also averaging 12.9 PPG coming into today’s game.
At present, the Pistons’ defense is ranked 26th, allowing 122.6 points per game. When it comes to forced turnovers, the Pistons are forcing 15.5 per game, which is 29th in the league. They also come into the game sitting 17th in blocked shots at 5 per game.