Kings vs Pistons Prediction - NBA Picks 1/9/24

Detroit Pistons (3-33) vs Sacramento Kings (21-14)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Little Caesars Arena)

Betting Odds: Detroit Pistons +10.5 -- Over/Under: 242.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons duke it out at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday night. Here's a Kings vs Pistons prediction

Sacramento Kings

The Sacramento Kings have been in decent shape as they've won four of their last six games overall, but they will be eager to bounce back in this one after getting humbled by the Pelicans in a 133-100 loss on Sunday. Domantas Sabonis led the team with 17 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Kevin Huerter added 17 points off the bench while Harrison Barnes chipped in with 10 points. As a team, the Kings shot just 41 percent from the field and 15 of 45 from the 3-point line as they allowed the Pelicans to get off to a flyer and were never in the contest after allowing 72 points in the first half and falling behind by as many as 50 points in the third quarter. Keegan Murray and Malik Monk shot just two of nine from the field while De'Aaron Fox finished with just three points on one of 10 shooting.

Sacramento Kings Player Facts

  • Domantas Sabonis ranks 1st amongst qualified players for rebounds per game (12.8) this season.
  • De'Aaron Fox ranks 6th amongst qualified players for points per game (28.3) this season.

Detroit Pistons

Meanwhile, the Detroit Pistons have been ice-cold lately as they've lost 32 of their last 33 games overall and they will be hoping to arrest a four-game skid after getting thrashed by the Nuggets in a 131-114 road defeat on Sunday. Jalen Duren led the team with 20 points on eight of 12 shooting, Alec Burks added 18 points on six of nine shooting off the bench while Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 14 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 47 percent from the field and nine of 24 from the 3-point line as they hung around and remained within striking distance, until they leaked 43 points in the third quarter to fall behind by 24 points. Cade Cunningham played just 11 minutes before he left the game with a knee injury which made things even tougher for the struggling Pistons.

Detroit Pistons Player Facts

  • Bojan Bogdanovic ranks 7th amongst qualified Forwards for three-pointers made Per Game (2.9) this season.
  • Jalen Duren is one of only 29 players in the league shooting at least 65% from the field this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for steals per game this season (6.1).
  • The Pistons rank 30th in the league for opponent steals per game this season (8.9).
  • The Kings rank 1st in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.3).
  • The Kings rank 30th in the league for free throw percentage this season (72.9%).

Kings vs Pistons prediction

The Kings are still a little shorthanded with Trey Lyles still out, while the Pistons are now missing Monte Morris, Isaiah Stewart and Cade Cunningham. The Kings were starting to build a little momentum before they got embarrassed by the Pelicans in an ugly loss on Sunday, so they will be eager to get back in the win column, especially against the worst team in the league who are now missing their best young player. The Kings are heavily favored in this one and I think they win and cover with ease as this Pistons squad are going to struggle.

 

Peter’s Pick Sacramento -10.5

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