Pistons (15-35, 6-20 road) at Nuggets (31-18, 15-9 home)
- Time: 6PM PST – 8PM CST – 9PM EST
- Place: Ball Arena, Denver, CO
- TV: Bally Sports Detroit | Altitude Network | NBA League Pass
The Pistons have lost three out of their last four games and are 4-6 over their last 10 games. This is the first of a five-game road trip into the Western Conference as Detroit stays in the hunt for the top pick in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The Nuggets are on a roll in winning five in a row and nine out of 11 as they have taken over fourth place in the Western Conference. Denver also is only one game behind the Los Angeles Clippers for third place in the West.
This is the first meeting of the season between the Pistons and Nuggets as the return trip is in Detroit on May 14. The Nuggets have won 10 out of the last 11 in the series.
- Detroit Pistons – Rodney McGruder (elbow) | Jahlil Okafor (knee) – OUT
- Denver Nuggets – N/A
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Pistons’ last 5 games
- Detroit is 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games vs. Denver
- The Pistons are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games
- The Nuggets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 contests
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Denver’s last 12 games vs. Detroit
- The OVER has been the play in 6 of the Nuggets’ last 8 games vs. Eastern Conference competition
Last Time Out
Jerami Grant scored 21 points in his return to Oklahoma City as the Pistons blasted the Thunder, 132-108, on Monday evening. The Pistons responded beautifully to a 125-81 defiant on Saturday at the hands of the New York Knicks. Josh Jackson and Sekou Doumbouya netted 14 apiece of the Pistons.
Denver took a 119-109 win at the hands of the Orlando Magic on Sunday night as Aaron Gordon, who was traded to the Nuggets at the trade deadline, scored 24 points against his old team. Orlando led by 18 points at halftime before the Nuggets recovered as Jamal Murray scored 22 and Michael Porter, Jr., netted 20 to lead the Nuggets.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Pistons||+12 (-110)||+615||O 214 (-113)|
|Nuggets||-12 (-110)||-850||U 214 (-107)|
The Pistons continue to have a tough time scoring the ball, despite their output vs. OKC on Monday. Finding a post presence who can score the ball consistently has been one of their downfalls and points in the paint generally gets done if the perimeter players can break down defenses off of the dribble. Jerami Grant (22.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg) has taken off as the No. 1 option for the Pistons, but there’s still no constant scorers emerging as they only average 107.3 points per game.
Key Pistons Stat
Josh Jackson had 31 points for Detroit in last Thursday’s win over Washington. He is capable of scoring at a high clip, but again has to find a way to consistently fit into the offense as he averaged about 20 minutes per game over the three before that one, but only scored 15 combined points in those three games. Jackson averaged 12.8 points per game, which is his highest put put since his rookie year in Phoenix when he scored 13.1 points per night.
Although he has struggled some of late, rookie Saddiq Bey looks like a potentially impactful player to come in and score consistently beside Grant. The rookie curve is tough and especially this time of year as these first-year players have played 30-35 games per season in college and as of now they are on or about Game 50 in the NBA. Bey has averaged 10.5 points per game on the year, but is 8-of-33 over his last four with an average of 6.7 points in those four contests.
The Big Three of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter, Jr. continue to thrive as Porter is playing his best of his young NBA career over his last 17 games. Porter is averaging 20.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and is shooting 59.3 percent from the floor and 52.6 percent from the three-point line. In addition, Jokić is averaging 17 points nine rebounds and nine assists over his last four games. Murray has averaged 25 points per game over his last three in making 28-of-60 shots, including 11 threes.
Key Nuggets Stat:
The Nuggets continue to be on a roll in winning nine of their last 11 and putting the Western Conference on notice that they will be a force come playoff time. Denver’s starting five has accrued the best offensive rating in the NBA since Aaron Gordon came over in the trade deadline. The team has shot 49.5 percent from the field in those 4 while netting 49 threes. Denver is still third in the NBA in field goal percentage at 48.8 percent as they make 43.6 field goals (2nd/NBA).
Gordon’s addition is going to be so consistent that he will bring a “Big Four” feel as he has shot 64.1 percent from the field since the trade from Orlando. He and Will Barton have been members of Big Threes at different stages of their careers and can turn on supporting roles for this deep team.
Winner: Nuggets (-12) 121, Pistons 104