Kings vs. Pistons Preview – By the Numbers

The Kings are looking for their 6th straight win -- soak that sentence in Kings fans. The Kings are on a roll and host the Pistons, who are sitting at 3-14, and will be without the services of Cade Cunningham, Saddiq Bey, and Isaiah Stewart. The Kings have listed Keegan Murray as probable and Malik Monk as questionable after a dental procedure. This, much like the Spurs game, should be a game that the Kings win handedly, but will again be a good test to see how this Kings team responds to bad teams.

The Spurs hung with the Kings through most of last game, but the Kings seemed to flip a switch at the end of the 3rd and 4th quarter. In the closing frame, the Kings shot a staggering 15-of-19 (78.9%) from the field en route to 41 points. A lot of Kings fans were asking for a blowout win, and in the past, we’ve seen them pull away and never look back. Sacramento hasn’t won 3 games in a row by at least 18 Points since January, 2003, and it’s only been done 4 times in franchise history.

Much like the Spurs, you can pretty much take your pick on which bad stats to write about for Detroit. They own the 26th ranked Offense, 29th Defense, and 30th Net Rating at -9.2. They shoot the worst Field Goal percentage in the NBA at 42.8%, 27th worst 3P% at 32.0%, and are 28th in Assists with 21.1 per game. The only positive thing that really stands out is that they get to the line, averaging 29.1 Free Throws per game, most in the league. But again there, they only make them at a 77.7% clip, 19th in the NBA.

Someone we all will be keeping an eye on is Marvin Bagley in his first return to Sacramento. So far this season, he’s averaging 8.8 Points, 5.0 Rebounds, and 0.3 Assists on 45.2/16.7/85.7% shooting splits in his four games this year. With the injury setback, it looks like he is still searching for his rhythm. For the Kings, it would be nice to see them exploit his lack of defensive skills, especially if he spends any time guarding Sabonis.

On the Kings side, they are coming in to the game leading the league in Points per game with 120.3, 1st in FG% at 49.9%, 6th in 3P% at 38.2, and 4th in Assists with 28.2%. What makes their offense special is that they don’t rely on any one person. Fox is leading them in scoring with 24.8 Points per contest, but they have 6 different players averaging double figure scoring on the season. Two different players have scored at least 20 Points or more in 11 of their 14 games, and it is always changing combination.

A sneaky change in the Kings Assist leaderboard has occurred in the last few games. Fox has passed Sabonis for the team lead in Assists, now up to 6.4 per game, right ahead of Sabonis’ 5.9. It’s just another example of their diversified offense. Not only can they have different players manage the scoring, but they can rely on their multitude of distributors and creators for others on any given night as well. Throw in Monk’s playmaking skills off the bench, and the Kings have at least 3 players who could drop 7 or 8 dimes a night.

Enjoy this Kings fans. I’ve been waiting to find good stats for quite some time, and it’s to the point where I have to pick and choose the good ones to write about. There’s nothing better to me than when the eye test and numbers match up, and this year, they match and both show that the Kings are – dare I say it - a really good team.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Getty Images