Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2021-04-07 16:19:08 –
Sacramento Kings aims to end four consecutive defeats when hosting the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.
Kings made a 116-106 decision in Minnesota on Monday, continuing the slide that began after Sacramento scored five straight wins and seven out of eight games.
Kings coach Luke Walton said at a press conference that he was “again struggling” after losing to Timberwolves, who held the final spot at the Western Conference on Monday. “We have been here before and will fight to get out of it again.”
The streak of wins ahead of Sacramento’s current recession has boosted Kings’ prospects for a spot in the NBA Playoffs play-in tournament.
Entering play on Wednesday, the Kings were behind the Golden State in 10th place behind the Golden State at the conference by two games.
In play-in tournaments, teams from 7th to 10th are divided into two game formats to determine the last two seeds for each postseason meeting.
Detroit, a cellar resident of the Eastern Conference, arrives in Sacramento on a western road trip. The Pistons routed Oklahoma City on the first section of 132-108 on Monday, but dropped the second section on Tuesday at 134-119 in Denver.
The Nuggets dominated the majority and built a 28-point swelling lead before Detroit made a push later in the game.
Jerami Grant scored 29 points on his return to Denver, where he played in the 2019-20 season, and rookie Saddiq Bey scored 12-6 from a range of 3 points to 25 points along the way.
“He’s just a keeper,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said at a post-match press conference about Bay. “He’s part of our building block and is a great kid. It’s nice to see him achieve in the new year.”
Casey used a deep rotation, with eight bench players looking at the minutes and all scoring at least two points. Hamidou Diallo, who traded from Oklahoma City last month, finished with the second lowest score (8 points) since joining the Pistons, averaging 12.8 per game in six club games.
Sacramento will be competing on Thursday behind De’Aaron Fox, who scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games near the end of March.
Fox averages 24.6 points and 7.1 assists per game, both of which are the best on the team. Rookie Tyrese Haliburton recently joined Fox on the back court as a starting point guard and has consistently taken over those missions since March 17th.
Hulliverton has won the NBA Rookie of the Year with an average of 13.1 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.2 steals per game. He finished with 9 points and 7 assists against the Minnesota team featuring his own rookie of the year candidate Anthony Edwards.
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