Bet the 'OVER' for Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings

Joe Freda

Friday, November 15, 2013 1:54 PM GMT

The Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons will hit the hard court for our Friday NBA betting pleasure. Is the betting odds advantage clear or do we need to investigate this match-up further?

The Sacramento Kings ended a five-game losing streak with Wednesday’s 107-86 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, cashing as four-point home dogs. Michael Malone’s squad remains at Sleep Train Arena for Friday’s matchup with the Detroit Pistons. 

Kings, Thornton top Nets

Sacramento’s Marcus Thornton piled in a team-high 24 points against Brooklyn, draining 4-of-9 shots from three point land. Kings guard Greivis Vasquez notched his first double-double, coming away with 17 points and 12 assists. 

Thornton and Co. held the Nets to a 37.8 percent night from the floor, while being edged in boards by a 52-50 margin. Kings mates Jason Thompson and Patrick Patterson united for 21 rebounds, while center DeMarcus Cousins logged his side’s sole three blocks. 

The surprisingly lopsided affair saw its combined 193 points duck below the ‘total’ of 195, moving the UNDER to 3-0 in the Kings’ latest trio of duels. Sacramento escaped with just six turnovers, while outscoring the Nets in fast break points, 18-12.

Pistons thrashed in Oakland

Detroit picked up its fourth straight loss in Tuesday’s 113-95 setback to the Golden State Warriors, falling as a nine-point road dog. The Pistons were lit up for 60 percent field shooting from Mark Jackson’s club, including an 8-for-16 mark beyond the arc. 

Pistons forward Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 14 boards, notching his fourth double-double in six games. Detroit’s Josh Smith and Rodney Stuckey were held to a combined nine points, knocking down a sparse 3-of-15 shots from the floor.

The Pistons trailed by as many as 29 points, buried early with a 35-16 deficit in the first quarter. OVER backers collected with the matchup jumping above the betting odds ‘total’ of 204 ½, while Detroit was edged in rebounds, 43-34.

Back the OVER in “Sac-Town”

Sacramento opened as a one-point home favorite at The Greek, with the ‘total’ first posted at 195. Early wagers on the Kings and OVER lifted the numbers to 1 ½ and 196, respectively.

I am tailing the ‘total’ steam here, adding the OVER to Friday’s card of sports picks.

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Sacramento has rung up 103.5 PPG in its two home contests against Eastern Conference foes, while ranking seventh in the league for free throws (78.9 percent). DeMarcus Cousins fouled out early in Wednesday’s duel and should be back with vengeance as one of the West’s top scorers (22.3 PPG).

Detroit’s octane should pick back up here, having two days of rest after playing its subpar spot with Golden State on the second night of a back-to-back. The Pistons have given up a hefty 110 PPG in their last four outings, while entering the contest as the league’s dead-last team in shooting allowed (49.3 percent).

The OVER is riding a 5-0 streak in the last five battles between these foes, including last November’s 105-103 home victory for the Kings. Sacramento saw seven members of its squad reach double figures, while Detroit’s Greg Monroe piled in 21 points as part of a triple-double.

Look for another shootout here on the Kings’ floor, with OVER backers cashing at NBA betting windows again.

Free Pick: OVER 196 at The Greek