Get ready for a see-saw affair on Saturday, January 19th at Little Caesars Arena as the Kings (23-21, 9-11 away) go head-to-head with the Pistons (18-24, 11-10 home). Tip off time is at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Sacramento opened as slim 1.0 point favorites, and the small spread isn’t particularly shocking when you glance at both team’s stats.
Sacramento enters this game ranked 19th in defensive rating. They’re giving up 115.4 points per game and are 10th in field goals allowed and 23rd in threes allowed.
Offensively, they’re averaging 114.7 points and are 18th in rebounds and eighth in assists. Many of their most memorable moments have been courtesy of Buddy Hield, who is putting up 20.1 points per contest on 47.0% shooting.
Detroit, meanwhile, ranks 24th league-wide in offensive rating. The Pistons are averaging 106.6 points per game on 40.0% shooting and are 11th in rebounds and 26th in assists.
Most of the heavy lifting has been done by Blake Griffin, who is tops on the Pistons with 25.4 points per game on 45.0% shooting, and Andre Drummond, who is chipping in 16.8 points per game. The Kings will have their hands full with both players tonight.
Defensively, the Pistons are giving up 109.5 points per game and are fourth in field goals allowed and first in three-pointers surrendered. They’re letting opponents shoot 47.0% from the floor and 32.0% from beyond the arc.
Add it all up and we could be in for an exhilarating game tonight.
These two teams have already met once this season. The last time they played on January 11th, 2019, Sacramento won 112-102 behind 18 points from Buddy Hield.
The Pistons are fresh off of a 93-98 win vs the Heat in Miami in which they shot 13 for 33 from deep and were out-rebounded 57-45. The Kings are fresh off a 95-114 loss versus the Hornets in Charlotte. Buddy Hield led the team with 24 points in that game.
All told, the Kings have won four of their previous ten games and are 10th in the Western Conference, while the Pistons have lost six of their last ten and are 10th in the Eastern Conference.
The 1.0-point spread isn’t the only wager you can take advantage of. Sportsbooks have also set a generous over/under total of 221. Keep in mind that Sacramento is 26-19-0 against the spread this year and 27-18-0 over/under, compared to 21-22-1 ATS and 20-24-0 over/under for Detroit.