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Sacramento Kings v Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons vs Sacramento Kings: Game preview, live stream, TV channel, start time

Buddy Hield and Blake Griffin
Buddy Hield and Blake Griffin (Getty Images)

Who's Playing

Matchup: Detroit Pistons vs Sacramento Kings

Records: Pistons (17-22), Kings (20-21)

Where to Watch

Date: Friday, Jan. 11

Time: 8:30 AM IST

TV: Sony Ten1

Location: Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, CA

Game Preview

As both of these teams meet for the first time this season, both are in desperate need for a win.

The Pistons lost on Thursday to the Lakers and have lost six of their last seven. In fact, after their 13-7 start, they have slumped to winning just 4 of their next 19 games.

The Pistons' 13th-best offense during the 13-7 start slumped to 27th since Dec. 3.Their defense plummeted from ranked 8th to 19th.

A couple of prominent issues for the team have been shooting and turnovers. The Pistons are ranked 29th in the league in both field-goal percentage (43.5%) and 3-point shooting (32.9%). The team averages 15.1 turnovers per game, ranked 22nd in the league.

The team's only bright spot seems to be the play of Blake Griffin, who is averaging career-highs in points (25.1) while making 36.2% of his three's on a career-high 6.4 attempts.

On the other hand, for the Kings, a positive season has seen a recent slide as the team has lost five of their last six. Their current record (20-21) has gone below .500 for the first time this season since Nov. 30.

Despite the recent losses, there's no doubting the team's all-round improvement.

De'Aaron Fox playing like the league's best sophomore combined with the improved play of Buddy Hield and Willie Cauley-Stein has spurred the franchise along to its start in over a decade.

Going by the numbers, Sacramento is easily the most improved team this season. Just have a look:

Last season 2018-19 season
Points per game 98.8 (30th) 115.0 (5th)
Field goal% 45.0% (22nd) 47.0% (9th)
Fast Break points 10.4 (20th) 22.7 (1st)
Points in the Paint 43.5 (22nd) 52.0 (5th)
Points off turnovers 15.2 (24th) 21.1 (1st)
Pace 95.59 (30th) 104.95 (2nd)

The numbers speak for themselves.

Game Notes

  • At the halfway mark of the season (game-wise), the Kings have a record of 11-10 at home.
  • On the other hand, the Pistons are 6-12 on the road.
  • This is the Detroit's fifth back-to-back of the season and on the second night of the previous four, the Kings are 2-2.
  • For the Pistons' Ish Smith is a game-time decision. They will, however, miss three other players in Zaza Pachulia (Lower Leg), Henry Ellenson (Ankle), and Zach Lofton (Wrist).
  • The Kings have only two players on the injured players list with Marvin Bagley III (Rest) and Iman Shumpert (Finger) as game-time decisions.

Last Time They Played

Date: Mar. 20, 2018

Score: Pistons 106-90 Kings

Pistons: Blake Griffin - 26 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists on 50% shooting.

Kings: Buddy Hield - 20 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals on 53.3% shooting.

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