Pistons vs. Kings - 1/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento Kings (14-19) at Detroit Pistons (9-23)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons -2.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSAC, FSDT
The Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons play Sunday afternoon at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Sacramento Kings have lost five of their last eight games and end a four-game road trip. On the season, the Kings are averaging 102.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting and are allowing 104.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting. DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 23.8 points and 12 rebounds while Rudy Gay is averaging 20.8 points and 4.5 assists. Darren Collison is producing six assists and Ben McLemore is shooting 48.4 percent from the field. The Sacramento Kings continue to play suspect defense, as they’ve allowed 100-plus points in nine straight games and are allowing teams to shoot 47.4 percent from the field in their last five games. The Kings have to play with more consistency. Omri Casspi and Ramon Sessions are both questionable for this game with injuries.
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The Detroit Pistons are playing some of their best basketball of the season with four straight wins. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 96 points on 42.2 percent shooting and are allowing 99.6 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 14.4 points and nine rebounds while Brandon Jennings is averaging 13.4 points and 6.2 assists. Andre Drummond is grabbing 13 rebounds and D.J. Augustin is shooting 36.5 percent from the field. The Detroit Pistons have improved offensively during this stretch, as they’re shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games. The Pistons are playing their best ball since the trade of Josh Smith and are slowly climbing out of the East cellar. It’ll be interesting to see how long the Pistons can keep it up.
The Kings are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 2-13-2 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pistons are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Kings are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Detroit and 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
I like the Kings and the points here. One thing to consider is the fact much of the city of Detroit will be focused on the NFL playoff game, which will be going on during this game. I don't expect much of a home crowd, giving the Kings the slight edge.