The Denver Nuggets (9-4) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (2-12) on Monday, November 20th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena in Little Caesars Arena and televised on BSDE. Both the Nuggets and Pistons will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Nuggets vs Pistons
The Nuggets Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Nuggets’ most recent matchup against the Cavaliers saw Michael Porter Jr. lead the Nuggets with 21 points while shooting 7/15 from the field. While Nikola Jokic was 2nd on the team with 18 points, Denver fell short in the game with a final score of 121-109.
As they prepare to face off against the Pistons, the Nuggets are 9-4 overall and are looking to snap a two game losing streak. In road games, the Nuggets have a 2-4 record this season, in contrast to their 7-0 record when playing at home.
Denver comes in with an overall ATS record of 5-8 so far this season. Denver has failed to cover the spread in four straight road games and are 1-5 ATS on the road compared to 4-3 at home.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Pistons were defeated by the Raptors in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 142-113. Alongside their straight-up loss, the Pistons couldn’t cover as +9.5 point underdogs. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 219 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
With an overall record of 2-12, the Pistons are looking to pull out a win as heavy underdogs (+8.5) vs. the Nuggets. The Pistons have a 1-7 record on the road this season, compared to their 1-5 record when playing at home.
Detroit comes in with an overall ATS record of 6-8 so far this season. The Pistons maintain an ATS record of 4-4 on the road, while they have a 2-4 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Nuggets Offense Breakdown
Heading into play, the Nuggets’ offense is rated 12th in the league in scoring, averaging 113.7 points per contest. Coming into today’s game, the Nuggets will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. Although Denver has struggled with their outside shot, they have done a good job taking care of the ball, averaging just 12.3 turnovers per game.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
Detroit has recorded an average of 110 points per game (24th) throughout 14 games games. When looking at the team’s pace of play, the Pistons are currently below the league average in possessions per game, averaging just 99.2 per contest. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 19th in made shots per game.
Nuggets Team Defense
At present, the Nuggets’ defense is ranked 6th, allowing 108.1 points per game.
For the season, Denver is ranked 24th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 21.9 free-throws per game vs. the Nuggets and have an overall field goal percentage of 46.0%.
Pistons Team Defense
Currently, the Pistons’ defense holds the 22nd rank in the NBA, allowing 116.6 points per game.
In their previous game, the Pistons’ defense struggled against the Raptors, giving up 142 points on a field goal percentage of 47%.
Key Players For The Nuggets And Pistons
Our projections for today’s game indicate that Nikola Jokic will be the primary scorer for the Nuggets, with 25 points and going 10/16 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 28.8 points per game, along with 13.8 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Cade Cunningham as the leading scorer for the Pistons. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 15 while also collecting 4 rebounds. For the season, he has a field goal percentage of 40.4% and is averaging 21 points per contest.
Nuggets vs Pistons Trends
- In their last three games away from home, the Nuggets have a straight up record of 0-3 while going 0-3 vs the spread. The team’s offense averaged 107 points per game in these contests.
- Through their last five home games, Detroit has an ATS record of just 2-3. However, their overall record was 0-5 while averaging 111 points per game.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 0-5. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-3.
- Going back to their previous ten games as the favorite, Denver has an ATS mark of 3-7 while going 6-4 straight up.
Our bet is on the Nuggets for a win, and we project the score to be 112-101. Additionally, we expect them to cover the spread, so our recommendation is to wager on the Nuggets with the spread at -8.5.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 220.5 and our model has the Nuggets and Pistons finishing with a combined 213 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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