Looking to snap skid at four, Kings host Pistons

The Sacramento Kings aim to end a four-game losing streak Thursday night when they host the Detroit Pistons.The Kings dropped a 116-106 decision Monday at Minnesota, continuing a slide that began after Sacramento posted five wins in a row and seven in eight games.”We’re going through a tough time again,” Kings coach Luke Walton said in his press conference following Monday’s loss to the Timberwolves, who are in last place in the Western Conference. “We’ve been here before and we’ll fight our way out of it again.”The winning streak preceding Sacramento’s current downturn boosted the Kings’ prospects for landing a spot in the NBA playoffs play-in tournament.Entering play on Wednesday, the Kings sat two games behind Golden State for 10th place in the conference.The play-in tournament will pit the teams placed from Nos. 7-to-10 into a two-game format to determine the final two seeds from each conference in the postseason.Eastern Conference cellar dweller Detroit comes to Sacramento at the midway point of a Western road trip. The Pistons routed Oklahoma City on the first leg of a back-to-back Monday, 132-108, but dropped the second leg Tuesday at Denver, 134-119.The Nuggets dominated much of the way, building a lead that swelled to as many as 28 points before Detroit made a late-game push.Jerami Grant scored 29 points in his return to Denver, where he played in the 2019-20 season, and rookie Saddiq Bey made 6-of-12 from 3-point range en route to 25 points.