January 23, 2017, 9:57 am
The Sacramento Kings continue their eight-game road trip Monday night, taking on the Detroit Pistons for the second time this season. This will be the final meeting between these two teams, with the Kings ending up on top in their last matchup.
For Sacramento, this game represents a good opportunity to build some confidence and get back on the right track. The Kings have failed to win since hosting the Pistons earlier in the month, and are continuing to slide further out of the postseason picture.
The Pistons will be looking to get some traction at home against a struggling team. After a good start to the year, the Pistons are now 21-24, a fairly disappointing record after the success they had last season.
Here are some notes heading into the game:
- DeMarcus Cousins and Andre Drummond should end up being the matchup of the game. Sacramento has struggled to keep players off the glass this season, and Drummond will try to take advantage of that any time he has the chance. Drummond was limited to just 12 rebounds last game, a fairly low number for him, but he made his presence in the paint known with seven blocks. Cousins won the matchup last time, so Sacramento should be hoping for more of the same tonight.
- Malachi Richardson and Willie Cauely-Stein saw some meaningful minutes in the Kings’ last game against the Bulls, and both responded well to the opportunity. Richardson’s confidence and offensive ability could be a good boost for the team moving forward, but his work on the glass shouldn’t be overlooked. Cauley-Stein looked to be much more comfortable defensively, and has plenty to contribute if he can get back to where he was last season. Both were able to show that they were ready for larger roles, so it will be worth watching to see if Dave Joerger agrees.
The Sacramento Kings are now 11 game sunder .500, and may want to try and shake up their rotations. Adding youth may give them a slight boost, and would definitely be good for the team’s development. With the team’s current slide. it may be worth a shot Monday night in Detroit.