Date/Time: November 15, 10:30 p.m. EST
NBA Betting Odds from Bovada
NBA Betting Favorite: Kings -2
The Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings will get a rare chance to be featured on national television Friday night when they meet in Sacramento. The Pistons had high hopes for the season, but they are just 2-5 so far. Sacramento is just 2-5 overall as well. Both teams are looking for some positive momentum. There’s still plenty of time left to turn things around. Who will finish on top Friday night?
Detroit opened up the checkbook and spent quite a bit of money this past offseason. The front office made a statement that the team wanted to win right away. Josh Smith was the biggest signing, but the Brandon Jennings signing was a big one as well. Smith is an ultra-talented player, but the Pistons need him to stop settling for long range jumpers and start doing work down in the paint. Jennings has been a low percentage shooter his whole career, and he’ll have to be more of a play maker and assist man on this team.
The Pistons have a very nice young nucleus to build around. Greg Monroe has quickly developed into one of the better big men in the league. Andre Drummond is developing right now, and most NBA executives believe Drummond has a very high upside. Detroit should be set in the frontcourt. Can the Pistons learn to play together well and move the ball and not become stagnant? Also, can Detroit improve defensively? So far this year, the Pistons are allowing opponents to shoot 49.3% from the floor. There’s plenty of question marks for this team, but they do have potential.
Sacramento was thrilled to keep the Kings in town, but now it is time to focus on the floor and see if they can build a winner. The Kings were successful back in the Mike Bibby and Chris Webber days, but that has been a while now. DeMarcus Cousins has had tons of issues on and off the floor, but he seems to be maturing a bit. Sacramento needs him to be a new and more mature man, because he is kind of the default leader on this team at this point. Cousins is putting up 22.3 points and 9.6 boards per game so far this year, so his numbers have been very impressive.
Who else will step up for Sacramento? Isaiah Thomas has been red hot so far this year, but he’s still awfully young. Marcus Thornton is a scorer, but the team doesn’t really have many guys who are versatile enough to be elite on both ends of the floor. Ben McLemore was the team’s top draft pick, and the Kings really need him to develop quickly if they are going to be competitive in a difficult Western Conference.
Free Pick: Pistons +2
Detroit hasn’t put it together so far this year, so this isn’t a strong play, but they are the much more talented team and we’re getting points. Too much value to avoid suggesting a small play on the Pistons.
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