After consecutive wins over a pair of first-place teams, the Detroit Pistons are beginning to play with some confidence on their home floor.

The short-handed Sacramento Kings have also turned it around at home, but they've been woeful on the road as they begin a four-game trip.

The Pistons seek their fourth straight victory at The Palace on Tuesday night when they open 2013 against the Kings, one of the NBA's worst teams away from home.

If the first day of the new year is a time for resolutions of intent for the 365 days to come, then the last day of the old year is a time to reflect on events leading to the transition.

Because the lockout skewed the 2011-12 season, a year-over-year comparison is less relevant than a season-over-season look. At 11-22, the Pistons have the same record after 33 games as they did in 2011-12.