Detroit Pistons: 3 interesting matchups to watch vs. Kings

Detroit Pistons Dwane Casey. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Detroit Pistons, Jerami Grant
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The Detroit Pistons face a “must-lose” game against the Sacramento Kings when the two meet tonight in LCA.

The Kings are one of the teams the Pistons will be battling for a top draft spot, so this would be a good time for them to find a way to lose.

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The Kings have now lost nine-in-a-row and are rocketing towards the bottom of the NBA even though some expected them to at least compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference this season.

This will be the second game of a  back-to-back for the Kings, so the Pistons will have their work cut out for them if they want to hold onto their spot in the draft standings.

This may all sound silly but considering the Pistons have an easy 2nd-half schedule, they will need all of the losses against fellow tankers that they can get.

Here are three interesting matchups, including two ascending veterans, some rookie point guards and sharpshooting trade bait.

Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings: Jerami Grant and Harrison Barnes are playing well

Both Jerami Grant and Harrison Barnes have played well for their respective teams and are the veteran anchors on very young squads.

Grant has to be one of the frontrunners for Most Improved Player even after narrowly missing the All-Star game and Barnes has been solid all year as well, averaging 16 points, six rebounds and three assists per game for the Kings.

Both are guys that other teams basically gave up on, as they have both moved around before getting their current jobs and thriving in expanded roles.

It might come down to which of these two has the better game, and Grant should be ready to go after sitting out the last game which was the tail end of a back-to-back.