The Sacramento Kings (15-28), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, look to get back in the win column when they travel to Little Caesars Arena to take on the Detroit Pistons (16-28). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 222 points with Detroit set as a 1.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, and it can be seen on Fox Sports – Detroit.
Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons Odds Preview
The Kings fell to the Miami Heat in their last game, 118-113. They failed to cover as 3-point underdogs. Sacramento’s Buddy Hield contributed 20 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the game. Miami did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (18-22; 81.8 percent). Sacramento, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.2 (above their season average of 22.2). The two teams combined to score 231 points, which finished over the projected point total of 221.
The last time the Pistons took the floor, they were 1-point favorites and were defeated by the Washington Wizards, 106-100. With 18 points and 16 rebounds, Andre Drummond played well for Detroit. Washington held the Pistons to an effective field goal percentage of 0.483 (below their season average of 0.538). Detroit, on the other hand, held the Wizards to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.7 (below their season average of 22.8). The two teams combined to account for 206 points, which finished well under the projected point total of 232.5.
This is the first time these teams will meet this year, after the Kings won both games last season. In the last contest, Sacramento won 103-101. Sacramento had a better turnover percentage (10.2 vs. 13.1). Detroit, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (19-25; 76.0 percent).
Of Sacramento’s 43 games, 22 have finished under the projected point total, while 26 of Detroit’s 44 games have finished over the projected point total. Both teams have awful straight up (SU) records (15-28 for Sacramento; 16-28 for Detroit), but the Kings have the advantage against the spread (ATS). Sacramento is 20-23 ATS, while the Pistons are 16-26-2.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Kings, it’s been De’Aaron Fox, who has averaged 25 points,9.2 assists,6.4 rebounds,1.6 steals, while the Pistons have received great contributions from Derrick Rose (24 points,7.0 assists).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the NBA’s slowest-paced teams battle. Detroit currently ranks 21st in possessions per game (101.2) and Sacramento is 24th (100.7).
Sacramento Kings at Detroit Pistons Prediction
NBA Prediction: SU Winner – Pistons, ATS Winner – Pistons, O/U – Over
The Kings rank second in fast break points allowed per game (11.3) while the Pistons rank 15th (13.0).
Sacramento averages 7.5 steals per game, which ranks 19th in the league. Detroit ranks 24th in steals allowed per game (8.3).
Sacramento ranks fourth in second chance points allowed per game (11.9) while Detroit ranks 16th (13.1).
Detroit ranks 14th in assists per game (24.5) while Sacramento ranks 15th in assists allowed per game (24.2).
Sacramento is 13-9 ATS on the road, while Detroit is 8-13 ATS at home.
The Kings have 11 overs and 11 unders in 22 road games.
Of the Pistons’ 21 home games, they have 14 overs, 6 unders and 1 push.
In games where they allow below 100 points, Sacramento is 7-2 and Detroit is 4-0.
The Pistons are 15-20 when they reach 100 points, while the Kings are 14-21.
The Kings rank 14th in points off turnovers per game (17.0) while the Pistons rank 24th in points off turnovers allowed per game (18.4).
Sacramento ranks sixth in blocks allowed per game (4.3) while Detroit ranks 27th (5.7).
The Pistons rank second in three pointers allowed per game (30.0) while the Kings rank 18th (34.0).
Neither of these teams are great at rebounding the ball. The Kings are 27th in the league with 42.5 rebounds per game while the Pistons are last with 42.2 rebounds per game.
Sacramento ranks 12th in points allowed in the paint per game (46.9) while Detroit ranks 25th (51.3).
Detroit is 2-3 ATS with 3 overs and 2 unders in its last five games.
Across its last five outings, Sacramento is 0-5 ATS with 5 overs.
The Pistons have outscored opponents by an average of 4.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Detroit has been defeated by an average of 1.9 points.
During their last five games, the Kings have scored an average of 111.0 points per game (4.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 121.8 points per game (11.7 above their season average).