Saturday night features a battle of two of the youngest teams in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings and the Detroit Pistons face off in Sacramento. However, it seems as if the young talent on both teams are on two different levels. The Sacramento Kings are 11-12, and have a ton of promising young talent. Although he is currently out indefinitely, center DeMarcus Cousins is tied for the league lead in rebounding average (12.6). Cousins gets help from Rudy Gay, who is having one of his best seasons in recent memory. He’s averaging 21.6 points per game, and has been distributing the ball better than he has ever had.
The Detroit Pistons are on a different talent level. They are 3-19, which is one of the worst records in the league. They have been inept offensively, as they are second to last in the NBA in points per game. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond give this team a formidable frontcourt, but they have no one who can consistently put the ball in the basket. The pickup of Josh Smith from Atlanta has proven to be a huge waste of money, as he has been extremely underwhelming for Detroit.
According to RazorGator, the average price for Pistons vs. Sacramento Kings tickets is $56.53. Prices have decreased 31% in the past seven days, but that could be correlated to the loss of Cousins to meningitis. He is still out with the illness, and there is no timetable on his return. Without Cousins, this game looses a bit of national interest but with a Get-in of just $13 there’s still plenty of reasons to go.
Because Cousins is out, Sacramento is extremely exposed down low. I would expect Drummond and Monroe to beat the Kings up on the boards. Although the Pistons have been a bottom-feeder this entire season, I would expect them to be a thorn in Sacramento’s side for the entire game. This game is extremely important for Sacramento because these are the teams they need to beat while Cousins is inactive. If they cannot win against these teams, it will show that they are still behind the 8- ball in the Western Conference. Also, Detroit is trying to stay afloat and trying to have a respectable season. The Philadelphia 76ers are playing better basketball lately, and no team wants to have the NBA’s worst record, especially a proud organization like the Detroit Pistons.