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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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Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

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Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
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Last Injuries

Sacramento Kings

  • Robert Woodard II

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Woodard II has sat out the past two games with lower-back tightness, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

  • Richaun Holmes

    Out indefinitely | out

    Holmes is out of commission with a right hamstring strain, and there is no timetable for recovery.

  • Cory Joseph

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Joseph was held out of the last contest due to a bout of bronchitis, and it is unclear if he will participate in Wednesday's showdown with the Mavericks.

  • Cory Joseph

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Joseph sat out of the previous contest tending to left ankle soreness, and it is unclear if he will take the court to battle with the Wizards on Saturday.

  • 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.

Detroit Pistons

  • Sekou Doumbouya

    Ques Wed | questionable

    Doumbouya has missed the previous two games as he is going through the concussion protocol, and it has yet to be established if he will suit up for Wednesday's tilt with the Mavericks.

  • Jerami Grant

    Prob Wed | probable

    Grant missed the last game with a left quad contusion, but it is expected that he will face the Mavericks on Wednesday.

  • Killian Hayes

    Out Wed | out

    Hayes will not be available against the Mavericks on Thursday as he will be given a day of rest.

  • John Henson

    Out indefinitely | out

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

  • Wayne Ellington

    Out Mon | out

    Ellington will not dress for Monday's battle with the Cavaliers as he will receive a day of rest.

  • Mason Plumlee

    Out Mon | out

    Plumlee will not be a participant in Monday's clash with the Cavaliers as he will be given a day of rest.

  • 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.

  • Killian Hayes

    Out Sat | out

    Hayes will not be in the lineup on Saturday versus the Wizards, as he will be given a day of rest.