Two struggling teams badly in need of a victory square off on Thursday, when the Sacramento Kings host the Detroit Pistons. Sacramento has dropped five of its last six games while Detroit has lost six of its last seven and 15 of 19.
The Pistons got off to a 13-7 start before things begin turning sour, and the struggles continued in Wednesday's 113-100 road loss against the Los Angeles Lakers. The defense was an issue as Detroit allowed the Lakers to shoot 56.1 percent and Kyle Kuzma performed a LeBron James impersonation by scoring a career-high 41 points. Sacramento is opening a three-game homestand and looking to rebound from a 115-111 loss to Phoenix on Tuesday in which it blew a 21-point lead. "A lot of mistakes, a lot of turnovers," Kings coach Dave Joerger told reporters after his club committed 17 of its season-worst 26 turnovers in the second half. "We were very casual coming out of halftime. We turned it over too much in the first half and certainly turned it over way too much in the second half."
TV: 10 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, NBCS California (Sacramento) LINE: Kings -5
ABOUT THE PISTONS (17-22): Blake Griffin scored 16 points in the loss to the Lakers but didn't grab a single rebound in 37 minutes, marking the first time he came up empty on the boards in 567 career regular-season contests and 51 postseason games. Griffin, who had just two rebounds in the previous game against San Antonio, averaged 30.8 points over a four-game span before being just 6-of-14 shooting against Los Angeles. Andre Drummond collected 17 rebounds against the Lakers but struggled offensively with just six points on 2-of-12 shooting.
ABOUT THE KINGS (20-21): De'Aaron Fox has emerged in his second season, but his ball-handling versus Phoenix was porous as he committed seven of his career-worst eight turnovers in the second half. "We gave up the ball too much, and it's what cost us the game," Fox told reporters. "The times that we didn't turn the ball over, we got what we wanted, but when you have 20-some turnovers, you can't win like that." Fox scored 24 points in the contest and has 16 20-point performances this season.
1. The Pistons have won seven of the last 10 meetings.
2. Detroit SG Langston Galloway matched his season best of five 3-pointers while scoring 15 points against the Lakers.
3. Sacramento SG Iman Shumpert (finger) is expected to miss his fourth straight game.
PREDICTION: Kings 114, Pistons 106 Bet Now
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