Written and authored by National Basketball Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for their 2015 NBA game. The teams play Sunday January 4, 2015 at 6:00 PM EST.
The (19-14) Sacramento Kings of the Western Conference Pacific Division makes the trip from the Twin-Cities. That’s where they beat Minnesota on New Years Day to the Motor City. Sacramento will play the (9-23) Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference Central Division in 2015 NBA action. The teams will play at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Michigan. This Sports Handicapper believes the Sacramento Kings have the talent but need a few years before they contend for a playoff spot. The Detroit Pistons are hitting stride and will be competitive the rest of the season. The betting line has Detroit as a three-point home favorite Against The Spread, the total is at 206′ for Sunday’s game.
The 2014-15 Sacramento Kings has lost two of three on their current road trip, but they beat Minnesota 110-107 on New Years day. Sacramento lost three straight to the Detroit Pistons; the teams play twice a year. The Kings could be without two players who are in the rotation. Both Ramon Sessions and Omri Casspi are nursing minor injuries. Sacramento is only 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings between the teams. The Kings are however 5-2 Against The Spread their last seven at the Palace outside of Detroit. The Sacramento Kings are 0-4 on NBA Against The Point Spread Picks their last four on the road, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under once. The Sacramento Kings have two players averaging over 20 points-per-game, Center DeMarcus Cousins and Forward Rudy Gay. Second year Guard Ben McLemore averages about 14-points per contest. Sacramento has a lot of young talent, and if they stay together, the fans in the Capital City of California are going to be treated to a very good product. The betting odds over is 5-0 Sacramento last five after games after scoring 100 points or more in the game before. The key to a Kings win is to play tough defense in the paint.
The 2014-15 Detroit Pistons are coming around, they are on a four-game win streak after a dismal start to the season. Three of the four wins have been on the road, the latest a 97-81 win at New York on January 2nd. The betting odds over is 5-1-1 the last seven times the teams have played in the Wolverine State. The betting odds under is 5-0-1 the Pistons last 6 following an Against The Spread win. Detroit is 6-4 Against The Point Spread their last ten, going over the betting odds total five times in the span. Detroit players are giving head coach Stan Van Gundy system a chance, and they see results. The Pistons have two of the NBA-best young inside players, both Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond take up space and can dominate at both ends of the court. Point guard Brandon Jennings scored a team-high 29-points at New York. The key to a Detroit win is to concentrate on defense, they can’t get baited into an up and down game.
Free Pick: Detroit-3.