It is the last game of a three-game road trip for the Kings and a back-to-back in NBA betting as they were at New York last night. Detroit is also on short rest as they played in Milwaukee last night.
Basketball betting has this as the first of two regular season meetings between the Kings and Pistons. The Pistons swept last season’s series, 2-0. The Pistons got 38 points from Rodney Stuckey last year as they won 98-92 at home against the Kings. The Pistons did win that game but they did not cover the spread.
The Kings have not been a good road team this season straight up but they can cover the spread. Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans leads all rookies in scoring at 20.3 points per game. Overall, the Pistons have won six of the last ten against the Kings but they are only 4-5-1 against the NBA betting pointspread. Detroit has won four of the last five at home against the Kings but covering the spread is another matter as they are just 2-2-1.
With the Kings it is usually all about offense. They are 9th in the league in points per game but they can’t stop the other teams as they rank 27th on defense. That is not usually a recipe for success in basketball betting. Even a team like Phoenix can’t win consistently in basketball betting without playing defense and they have a better offense than Sacramento’s. Kevin Martin is back healthy for the Kings but they haven’t really seemed to click. Evans still leads the team in scoring but the chemistry just doesn’t seem to work with both players on the court.
Detroit is 11-14-1 at home this season in basketball betting. The Pistons are pretty much like the Kings in that they can’t be trusted on a nightly basis in NBA betting. The difference though is that the Pistons play defense but can’t score. In fact, the basketball betting numbers are almost exactly the opposite. The Pistons are 9th on defense and next to last in the league on offense. Rodney Stuckey has been leading the team in scoring as NBA betting statistics indicate, but at only about 18 points per game. Detroit simply does not have the offense to compete on a nightly basis in basketball betting.