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Detroit Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: BSN | NBCSCAGolden 1 Center Sacramento

573Detroit Pistons
574Sacramento Kings

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Detroit vs. Sacramento Recap APR 8TH 2021

Buddy Hield, De'Aaron Fox and Iman Shumpert hit 3-pointers in a 13-2, game-opening flurry Thursday night as the Sacramento Kings never trailed while rolling past the visiting Detroit Pistons 112-102.

Hield led seven Kings in double figures with a game-high 18 points as Sacramento took advantage of Pistons standout Blake Griffin having the night off to rest with an emotional meeting with his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, set for Saturday.

Stanley Johnson had a team-high 16 points for the Pistons, who were playing the second half of a back-to-back after losing 113-100 in Los Angeles to the Lakers on Wednesday night.

Hield had five of the 13 points in the early burst for the Kings, who went on to lead by as many as 15 points in the first quarter and 22 in the second.

The Pistons got no closer than 17 in the third period and never inside the final 10-point margin in the fourth en route to their seventh loss in their last eight games.

Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Sacramento, which won for just the second time in its last six games.

Harry Giles (14 points), Shumpert (13), Fox (12), Yogi Ferrell (11) and Marvin Bagley III (10) also scored in double figures for the Kings, who shot 51.2 percent and made nine of their 22 3-point attempts (40.9 percent).

Andre Drummond had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons.

Bruce Brown and Reggie Bullock had 15 points apiece, while Jon Leuer matched Drummond's 11 rebounds to go with nine points for Detroit, which shot 42.7 percent overall and 28.9 percent (11-for-38) on 3-pointers.

--Field Level Media


Cory Joseph scored 24 points and dished seven assists as the visiting Detroit Pistons held off a late Sacramento Kings push to win 113-101 Thursday.

Isaiah Stewart recorded 16 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for Detroit, which has alternated losses and wins over the past eight games. Sacramento took its fifth straight loss.

The Pistons capitalized on a poor shooting night from the Kings, who finished 7 of 30 (23.3 percent) from beyond the 3-point arc. Detroit built a big first-half lead that gave it a cushion down the stretch.

Seven Pistons scored in double figures, including three off the bench. Rookie reserve Killian Hayes posted a career-high 11 points. Jahlil Okafor scored 11 points and hit all four of his foul shots, helping Detroit's 17-of-20 success from the line as a team.

Hamidou Diallo added 10 points as the Pistons' bench outscored the Kings reserves 43-31.

Saddiq Bey scored 12 points and Josh Jackson added 10 to round out Detroit's double-figure scoring.

De'Aaron Fox finished with 23 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Sacramento, but he shot 0 of 5 from 3-point range. Buddy Hield scored all 15 of his points from beyond the arc, going 5 of 12 from long distance.

Richaun Holmes scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Harrison Barnes finished with 13 points and Hassan Whiteside added 10. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton, coming off the bench for the first time since March 15, scored nine points and handed out seven assists.

A 10-0 run late in the second quarter helped the Pistons open a 20-point lead, and Detroit was on top by 18 at halftime.

The Kings trimmed the deficit to seven points with 2:01 remaining in the contest, but back-to-back Joseph baskets ignited a game-ending, 8-3 Detroit run.

Sacramento fell 2 1/2 games behind the Golden State Warriors for the No. 10 spot in the Western Conference, the final place in the postseason play-in tournament.

--Field Level Media

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  • @L.A. Clippers L 124 - 131
  • @Portland L 103 - 118
  • @Sacramento W 113 - 101
  • @Denver L 119 - 134
  • @Oklahoma City W 132 - 108
  • New York L 125 - 81
  • Washington W 91 - 120
  • Portland L 124 - 101
  • Toronto W 104 - 118
W 20% L 80%
2 8
  • Washington L 123 - 111
  • @New Orleans L 110 - 117
  • @Utah L 112 - 128
  • Detroit L 113 - 101
  • @Minnesota L 106 - 116
  • Milwaukee L 129 - 128
  • L.A. Lakers L 115 - 94
  • @San Antonio L 106 - 120
  • @San Antonio W 132 - 115
  • Cleveland W 98 - 100

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Last Meetings

  • Pistons @ Kings 113-101
  • Kings @ Pistons 110-107
  • Kings @ Pistons 103-101
  • Pistons @ Kings 102-112
  • Pistons @ Kings 106-90
  • Kings @ Pistons 99-108
  • Kings @ Pistons 109-104
  • Pistons @ Kings 94-100
  • Kings @ Pistons 108-115
  • Pistons @ Kings 92-101

Eastern Conference

Philadelphia 76ers3817.691 21-517-12113.9108.5L16-0-4
Brooklyn Nets3718.673 22-715-11118.8114.2L17-0-3
Boston Celtics2926.527 17-1012-16112.4110.4L17-0-3
New York Knicks2927.518 17-1012-17105.6104.3L25-0-5
Toronto Raptors2234.393 12-1510-19112.0111.6L24-0-6
Milwaukee Bucks3420.630 18-816-12119.2112.7L35-0-5
Indiana Pacers2628.481 9-1617-12113.9114.1L15-0-5
Chicago Bulls2232.407 10-1712-15112.2113.6L43-0-7
Cleveland Cavaliers2034.370 11-159-19103.9111.0L23-0-7
Detroit Pistons1639.291 9-167-23107.7111.4L34-0-6

Western Conference

Utah Jazz4114.745 25-316-11117.0107.5L17-0-3
Denver Nuggets3520.636 19-1016-10115.1110.0L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3123.574 16-1215-11114.7114.9L25-0-5
Oklahoma City Thunder2035.364 9-2011-15105.3114.3L81-0-9
Minnesota Timberwolves1442.250 9-195-23110.1118.1L23-0-7
Phoenix Suns3915.722 22-817-7114.8107.7L19-0-1
Los Angeles Clippers3918.684 22-817-10115.0108.2L28-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3421.618 16-1118-10109.8105.6L16-0-4
Golden State Warriors2728.491 17-1010-18112.9113.7L15-0-5
Sacramento Kings2233.400 12-1610-17114.2118.7L82-0-8

Eastern Conference

Atlanta Hawks3025.545 14-1016-15113.3111.2L17-0-3
Miami Heat2827.509 15-1313-14106.2107.5L26-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2727.500 13-1214-15110.2111.3L34-0-6
Washington Wizards2133.389 10-1611-17113.8118.6L15-0-5
Orlando Magic1837.327 10-198-18104.3112.0L63-0-7

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks3024.556 13-1217-12111.4109.7L27-0-3
Memphis Grizzlies2726.509 13-1614-10112.9111.6L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2627.491 12-1714-10110.7112.0L13-0-7
New Orleans Pelicans2530.455 16-149-16114.5114.9L15-0-5
Houston Rockets1441.255 7-207-21108.3114.8L41-0-9

Last Injuries

Sacramento Kings

  • Richaun Holmes

    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Holmes has been held out of the last two games with right hamstring tightness, and it is unknown if he will be available Thursday against the Suns.

  • Marvin Bagley III

    Late April | out

    Bagley is sidelined with a fourth metacarpal fracture on his left hand, and he is not expected to return until the end of April.

  • Buddy Hield

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Hield missed the last contest ailing from an illness, and it is unknown if he will dress for Wednesday's clash with the Wizards.

  • Frank Kaminsky

    Out indefinitely | out

    Kaminsky will miss an undetermined length of time as he is going through the NBA's health and safety protocols.

  • Hassan Whiteside

    Prob Mon | probable

    Whiteside has been sidelined with right knee soreness, but he is projected to face the Timberwolves on Monday.

Detroit Pistons

  • John Henson

    Out indefinitely | out

    Henson is sidelined with a left calf strain, and there is no timetable for his recovery.

  • Rodney McGruder

    Late April | out

    McGruder is out of the lineup with a right elbow sprain, and he will not return until at least the end of April.

  • Jahlil Okafor

    Late April | out

    Okafor is expected to miss six to eight weeks after having surgery to repair his left knee.

  • Jerami Grant

    Prob Wed | probable

    Grant has missed the previous three games with a sore right knee, but it is likely that he will be available Wednesday versus the Clippers.

  • Blake Griffin

    Out Wed | out

    Griffin will not be in the lineup for Wednesday's battle with the 76ers, as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Killian Hayes

    Out Sun | out

    Hayes will not dress for Sunday's contest against the Clippers as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Wayne Ellington

    Out Sat | out

    Ellington will not play against the Trail Blazers on Saturday as he will be given a day of rest.

  • Mason Plumlee

    Prob Sat | probable

    Plumlee has missed the previous game with a concussion, but it is expected that he will take the court Saturday versus the Trail Blazers.