National Basketball Association
Preview
Sacramento at Detroit
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, January 23, 2017
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan

The Detroit Pistons aim for their first four-game winning streak of the season when they host the Sacramento Kings on Monday in the finale of a three-game homestand. The Pistons secured their third three-game run of the campaign with a dramatic 114-113 win over Washington on Saturday, as Marcus Morris capped a 25-point effort with a tip-in at the buzzer.

"Our energy was good and we played really hard," coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters. "It's all about wins." Van Gundy saw his team suffer through a recent three-game losing streak, which began with a 100-94 loss at Sacramento on Jan. 10. DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in that one to lead the Kings, who have followed it up with five consecutive losses. Cousins' 42 points wasn't enough in Saturday's 102-99 loss at Chicago in the second of an eight-game road trip.

TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, CSN California (Sacramento), FSN Detroit

ABOUT THE KINGS (16-27): Cousins was the only King to score in double figures in the loss to the Bulls and his teammates combined to shoot 37.5 percent from the floor. "His play is incredible," Kings coach Dave Joerger said of Cousins, who moved into second place on Sacramento's career scoring list in the process. "He just keeps getting better." Veteran guard Arron Afflalo has seen his production dip quite a bit in his first season with the Kings, but he hit 13-of-24 3-pointers in January.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (21-24): Forward Jon Leuer had 10 points and five rebounds against the Wizards in his return from a knee injury that robbed him of five games. Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who scored 21 points in the loss at Sacramento earlier this month, missed his fourth contest in a row due to a shoulder strain and has been limited at practice. Reggie Bullock is receiving most of the playing time in place of Caldwell-Pope and is averaging 12 points and 5.5 rebounds over the last two games.

BUZZER BEATERS

1. Detroit has won six straight meetings at home.

2. Morris has recorded back-to-back double-doubles for the first time this season.

3. Sacramento is 2-8 on the road against Eastern Conference opponents.

PREDICTION: Pistons 105, Kings 98
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Sacramento 16-27 L5 8-13 8-14 0-2 16-25 2-4 11-15
Detroit 21-24 W3 12-9 9-15 0-0 21-24 3-5 13-14
Last Meeting
Sacramento Detroit
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
1/10/17 DET 94 SAC 100 100 45 43.8 94 35 43.9
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento D. Cousins 24 57.1 4
Detroit K. Caldwell-Pope 21 50.0 3
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 13 4 9
Detroit A. Drummond 12 3 9
Assists Player  
Sacramento D. Cousins 6
Detroit R. Jackson 3
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Sacramento D. Cousins 1256 46.4 332
Detroit T. Harris 846 48.3 117
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Sacramento D. Cousins 451 86 365
Detroit A. Drummond 669 194 475
Assists Player  
Sacramento D. Cousins 193
Detroit I. Smith 254
Quickchart Matchup
Sacramento Sacramento Off vs  Detroit Detroit Defense
Sacramento Off vs Detroit - Points For 102.3 Points For
Sacramento Off vs Detroit - Points Against 101.2 Points Against
Sacramento - FG% 45.2 FG%
Detroit - FG% 45.6 FG%
Sacramento - Reb 40.6 Reb
Detroit - Reb 42.7 Reb
Detroit Detroit Off vs  Sacramento Sacramento Defense
Detroit Off vs Sacramento - Points For 100.5 Points For
Detroit Off vs Sacramento - Points Against 105.5 Points Against
Detroit - FG% 45.2 FG%
Sacramento - FG% 46.1 FG%
Detroit - Reb 44.1 Reb
Sacramento - Reb 43.0 Reb