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(14-12) Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons (14-12)
Date: Tuesday December 12th
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: Pistons -270
NBA Betting Odds: Pistons -7
NBA Betting Total: 209
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The Denver Nuggets, travel to face the Detroit Pistons, in what should be an evenly matched game. The Nuggets have lost three of their last four games, and are 4-10 on the road this year. The Pistons have lost six in a row, and are trending in the wrong direction. Detroit recently took another loss. This time to the Celtics, 91-81.
The last time these two teams took the court against each other, was last season. Detroit swept the season series, 2-0. Detroit took the most recent game played last November, 106-95.
The Denver Nuggets are a good but not great team in the western conference this season. Denver lost their last game to the Pacers, 126-116. Denver shot 45 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from three point range in the 10 point loss. Trey Lyles led the team in scoring with 25 points.
Aside from Lyles scoring, Will Barton had 21 points and so did Michigan State product, Gary Harris. Without the proper star power and leadership in the locker room, it is going to be hard for the Nuggets to be taken serious in the western conference.
Denver has been up and down in the win loss column. Nuggets leading scorer Will Barton has only started seven games, but is averaging 16 points per game this year. Nickola Jokic has been good for Denver, averaging a little over 15 points per game.
Defensively, the Nuggets are allowing 107.7 points per game this year. Good enough to rank 22nd in the NBA this season. Harris Jr., Denver’s best defender averaging 1.8 steals per game this year.
Expect the matchup between Reggie Jackson and Gary Harris Jr., to be exciting to watch. If Jokic can be a presence around the rim, Denver will be in this game.
The Detroit Pistons must have some internal locker room issues, because the team has dropped six straight. The Pistons most recently lost to the Boston Celtics by 10 points.
The Pistons shot 33 percent from the floor and 30 percent from three point range, leading to the loss. Tobias Harris led the Pistons in scoring with 19 points on five of 15 shooting.
Aside from the six game losing skid, maybe Detroit is going through an early season funk. If so, the Pistons have plenty of talent, and are an eastern conference team, so the playoffs are always going to be a possibility. Andre Drummond is averaging 14 points, and 15 rebounds this season.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Pistons are one of the best teams in the NBA. Detroit is allowing 102.2 points per game this season, ranking Detroit seventh in that category. Expect a big defensive effort from Andre Drummond at home in this game.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 20-8-1 in DEN last 29 Tue. games.
- DEN are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Central.
- Over is 33-16 in DEN last 49 games as an underdog.
- Under is 9-4 in DET last 13 Tue. games.
- Under is 15-7 in DET last 22 home games.
- Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction:
The Nuggets matchup well against Detroit in this game. If Nikola Jokic can set the scoring tone early for Denver, the Nuggets have a shot to take momentum on the road.
Detroit in my opinion is a more talented deeper team than Denver. If Reggie Jackson can get his team involved throughout the first quarter, that will help the Pistons get into rhythm at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Pistons -7
Denver is a decent team, but are not the same away from the Pepsi Center. Roll with the Pistons to cover in this matchup at home.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Pistons 108 – Nuggets 99
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