The Detroit Pistons (3-32) travel to face off against the Denver Nuggets (25-12) on Sunday, January 7th. This game will be played at Ball Arena. Both the Pistons and Nuggets will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 8:00 ET.
Pistons vs Nuggets
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
In the Pistons’ most recent game against the Warriors, Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 30 points while going 13/22 from the field. Kevin Knox II added 18 points, but unfortunately, Detroit was defeated in the game with a score of 113-109.
Coming into today’s game against the Nuggets, the Pistons are 3-32 overall and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. When playing on the road this season, the Pistons are 1-18 compared to a 2-14 record at home.
So far, Detroit is below .500 in their ATS record, currently standing at 14-20. The Pistons are in the midst of a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they come in with a 0-3 record against the spread as favorites.
The Nuggets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Nuggets is coming off a loss to the Magic in their latest game, ending with a score of 122-120. Going into the second half the Nuggets held the lead at 67-54.
In the Nuggets’ last five games, they have gone 3-2 and have an overall record of 25-12. So far this season, the Nuggets are 11-8 on the road and 14-4 at home.
Denver currently has an ATS record below .500, sitting at 16-20 at this point. The Nuggets have suffered two consecutive ATS losses when playing as underdogs, and they are 15-18 against the spread when they are the favorites.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Through 35 games games, Detroit is averaging 111.4 points per game (25th). Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10.5 made 3’s per game. One reason that they are still scoring at a high rate, is the fact that they are ranked 6th in the NBA in possessions per contest. These increased opportunites have helped make up for the lack of outside shooting.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
The Nuggets step onto the court for today’s game as one of the NBA’s top-scoring squads, putting up 115.7 points per game (12th). When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Nuggets are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 96.6 per contest. A key reason behind the team’s overall offensive success is their ability to knock down the 3-point shot. Despite their slow style of play, their 3-point shooting percentage of 37% has help make up for fewer opportunites.
Pistons Team Defense
At present, the Pistons’ defense is ranked 26th, allowing 122.3 points per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Pistons’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 54.9% and allowing 38.6% from beyond the arc.
Nuggets Team Defense
So far, the Nuggets’ defense is ranked 4th in the league at 110.6 points per contest. On two point field goal attempts, the Nuggets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 52.2% and allowing 36.1% from beyond the arc.
Key Players For The Pistons And Nuggets
The outlook for today’s matchup points to Cade Cunningham as the primary point contributor for the Pistons, finishing with 22 points while maintaining a 8/18 shooting accuracy. This season, he is averaging 23.4 points per game along with 4.1 boards.
On the flip side, our predictions place Nikola Jokic as the leading scorer for the Nuggets. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 25 while also collecting 12 rebounds. This season, he is shooting at a field goal percentage of 56.9%, and his scoring average is 26.1 points per game.
Pistons vs Nuggets Trends
- In their last three road games, Detroit has averaged 123 points per game while allowing 134. The team’s record in this stretch was 0-3 while going 2-1.
- Through their last ten home contests, the Nuggets offense has averaged 116 points per game while allowing an average of 112. Denver posted an overall record of 8-2 while going 6-4 ATS.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 4-1.
- Across their last five matchups as the betting favorite, the Nuggets have an overall record of 3-2 while going 2-3 against the spread.
For a pick on the point-spread in this Nuggets vs. Pistons matchup, our bet is to grab the Pistons at +16.5. Even though our projections have the Nuggets winning 112-108, we see the Pistons as the play on the point-spread.
Regarding the over/under, the current line is set at 237, and our model predicts the Pistons and Nuggets to score a combined 220 points. We recommend betting on the under.
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