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2021 NBA Handicapping
(46-24) Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons (20-50)
Date: Friday, May 14th
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Nuggets -9.5
NBA Betting Total: 221.5
Friday, May 14th the Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons will tip-off for the second and final time this season. In the initial match on April 6th, the Nuggets won 134-116.
The Pistons hold the all-time record between the squads with 51 victories in 92 meetings. Last season the clubs played twice each winning one contest.
With confirmation, the Nuggets will start the playoffs with a home court advantage the only thing left to determine is if they’ll be the third or fourth seed and who their opening round opponent will be
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Fourth seems likely given the Clippers’ win over the Hornets and their two remaining games feature tanking teams (Rockets, Thunder).
There is an outside chance the Clippers elect to rest players Friday in the back-to-back and get caught by a trap game since Houston’s draft odds won’t be impacted if they win.
It’s also possible the Nuggets prefer the fourth seed especially since the sixth seed could end up being the Lakers who are only a half-game back of the Blazers. Even with LeBron James, not 100 percent — no team wants to face the defending champs in the first round.
As for injuries since the Nuggets played on Thursday they hadn’t submitted their injury report yet but should be similar except for Michael Porter Jr. who was out for rest.
It’s possible Mike Malone elects to give Nikola Jokic the night off to rest his sore toe. Four Nuggets who should definitely be out are Will Barton (hamstring strain), PJ Dozier (adductor strain), Monte Morris (hamstring), and Jamal Murray (torn ACL).
In contrast to their opponent, the Pistons will not be postseason participants. In fact, their odds of being one of the three teams who get the best odds (14%) of winning the NBA Draft Lottery is high.
They currently are second from the bottom with this match and one more versus an inspired Heat club.
All Detriot has to do is lose both games and that bottom three slot is cemented. To expect Detroit to do anything less facing teams like the Nuggets and Heat would be shortsighted.
The Pistons have lost 10 of their last 12 matches and three in a row entering play on Friday. The last loss was an interesting match that featured two tanking teams but the Pistons were able to out-tank the Wolves.
Hamidou Diallo (health and safety protocols) is questionable
Wayne Ellington (bilateral calf strain), Jerami Grant (right knee soreness), Frank Jackson (ankle sprain) Cory Joseph (left ankle soreness), Rodney McGruder (right elbow sprain), Mason Plumlee (rest), Isaiah Stewart (person), and Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness) are all out
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Nuggets are 6-4 in their last 10 head to head meetings
- The Pistons are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 4-5-1 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Nuggets are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games.
- The Pistons are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games.
- The total has gone under in 12 of Denver’s last 16 games on the road.
- The total has gone over in 4 of Detroit’s last 6 games against Denver.
Free Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction:
Whether Jokic plays or not the Pistons won’t chance to lose that bottom three position for the best lottery odds.
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