Game Preview: Detroit Pistons at Sacramento Kings

Essentials

Date: Feb. 23, 2010

Time: 10:00 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 20-35

Sacramento: 18-38

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C
Rodney
Stuckey
Richard
Hamilton
Tayshaun
Prince
Jonas
Jerebko
Ben
Wallace

Sacramento:

PG SG SF PF C
Tyreke
Evans
Donte
Greene
Omri
Casspi
Carl
Landry
Jason
Thompson

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +2.5

Over/under: 196

Score: Sacramento wins, 99-97

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 103.7 (24th)

Detroit defensive rating: 108.8 (21st)

Detroit pace: 88.4 (29th)

Sacramento offensive rating: 105.7 (20th)

Sacramento defensive rating: 110.5 (28th)

Sacramento pace: 94.7 (6th)

Score: Tie, 98-98

Outlook

  • Detroit follows up its Sunday win against the Spurs with a West-coast road trip. This four-game stint includes games against three of the four worst teams in the West, beginning tonight against a struggling Sacramento squad.
  • The Kings are still working on getting acclimated to their current roster. Last week’s trade gave them 16 players and they’ve been battling recent injuries as well, which doesn’t help the team’s stability. Sacramento has put a different group of starters on the court in each of the last three games. None of those groupings have resulted in wins.
  • Dan’s still out of town, but if you’re lucky you might be able to catch him at Daily Dime Live. He might show up during the second half of tonight’s contest, but no guarantees.