It's not very often you see the Kings favored by this kind of number, but that just goes to show you how bad Detroit has been this season. Who should we favor with our NBA picks on Saturday night?
As of now, the Kings are trading as six-point chalk on the NBA odds board, and it seems consistent across the board. No sites are offering up a line of 5.5 or 6.5, so six seems to be the key cutoff number.
For those wishing to take a chance on the O/U, you can find the number at 196.5. The Pistons have been one of the worst offensive teams in the league, yet neither team has done particularly well defensively. We don't see much of an edge in either the OVER or UNDER, if we're being honest.
The Kings are trying their best to hold on without DeMarcus Cousins, who remains out due to illness. It's obviously hard to cope when you're without your best overall player, and the results have predictably suffered.
Coming into tonight, Sacramento has dropped seven of its last nine games to fall to 11-12 on the season, this coming after a promising 9-5 start. The Kings have been off since Thursday's overtime loss to Houston. They had no way of stopping James Harden, who went off for 44 points. Sacramento was way too sloppy with the ball, as they turned it over 21 times in all, and an off night from Rudy Gay certainly didn't help matters either -- he was held to just 13 points on 4-of-18 shooting, though he did chip in eight rebounds, eight assists and three steals to make up for it. Darren Collison and Ben McLemore combined for 45 points in the loss.
With Cousins out (he's expected to resume practice next week), the bonus has fallen on Gay and Collison to carry the load. They've done their part, but you're always going to see a dropoff in production when you replace a player of Cousins' caliber with the likes of Reggie Evans and Ryan Hollins. Simple as that.
The hiring of Stan Van Gundy was expected to revitalize the Pistons, but instead they've been even worse off this season. They've gotten out to a dreadful 4-19 start.
Detroit was, however, able to record a rare win last night in Phoenix. They held on to beat the Suns 105-103, thanks to some great individual efforts from Andre Drummond and Josh Smith. Drummond had 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Smith contributed across the board, piling up 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
There's no doubt the Pistons were in need of some kind of pick-me-up, and maybe this win over the Suns could be just what they needed. They have a lot more talent than their record may suggest, and Van Gundy is a good coach. Could this team go on a run? It's very likely, but there are obviously things that need to be worked out, as Van Gundy still needs to figure out what his best rotatino is.
Nevertheless, this is as good of a spot as any for Detroit to notch consecutive wins for only the second time all season, as the Kings have been struggling quite a bit lately.
We're not going to sit and pretend like we have full confidence in Detroit covering this number.
But, the Kings are without their best overall player and Gay is also hobbled. This Pistons team has been a massive disappointment, but they do have quite a bit of talent, especially in the frontcourt with Smith, Monroe and Drummond. We don't see how Sacramento will be able to cope without Cousins out there.
Collison and Gay can only do so much, so we're finding it hard to justify the Kings being six-point favorites in this situation, especially when taking their recent results into consideration. As a result, we'll add Detroit to cover as road dogs tonight for our NBA picks.
NBA Pick: Detroit Pistons +6 at 5Dimes