Denver Nuggets miserable for wins

Denver Nuggets miserable for wins

Denver Nuggets go against the Detroit Pistons with desperation, as they are now in a four-game losing skid. The Nuggets are now desperate to go back on track, especially that the playoffs are getting near. Meanwhile, the Pistons are no better, as they lost to 12 of their last 13 matches in the league. Despite of this momentum, they are still hopeful to at least score a win. In fact, these two teams are coming from the same result on their last matches. The Nuggets lost against the Raptors, while the Pistons are from a loss against the Wizards. During the last time they went against each other, surprisingly, it was the Pistons who took home the win. This meeting will be hosted by the Pistons on March 17, 2023, at 7:00 AM (GMT+8).

When it comes to the league table, these two teams are from different conferences, and are far from each other. The hosts are unfortunately eliminated already in the league, following their very poor performance. They actually won only 16 of their 70 matches this season, where just nine of those wins are at home. On the other hand, the visitors are still fortunate to still be at the top of the Western Conference, despite being in a four-game losing streak. They are fortunate to establish themselves in the standing during the time they still have a good momentum. From their 69 games, they won 46 of those, and 16 of those wins are coming on the road.

Denver Nuggets

NBA: Denver Nuggets
Photo courtesy of AP

Desperation is already with the Nuggets, as they are currently on a losing path, experiencing defeat in their last four matches. This losing streak is actually surprising, as they are in a winning run before their losing run. Before their losing streak, they won eight of their nine matches, defeating the Grizzlies, Cavaliers, Heat, Clippers, and Mavericks. Since then, they have gone cold, losing against the Bulls, Spurs, Nets, and Raptors. This strong start keeps them atop of their conference standings. However right now, they only have four-game lead against the top two teams. On their last game, they gave opportunity for the Raptors to score 49 points in the fourth quarter. They were not able to climb back since then. They are seventh in offense with 116.8 points per game, and 14th in defense allowing 113.2 points per game.

Nikola Jokic, and Jamal Murray are leading the Nuggets with 24.7 and 20 points per game respectively. However, Murray is listed as a doubt in this game dur to his knee injury. Collin Gillepsie, and Zeke Nnaji on the other hand are both out in this game.

Detroit Pistons

NBA: Detroit Pistons
Photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports

The Pistons on the other hand is only fighting for their pride, to at least score more wins, despite being eliminated. Additionally, they want to try to once again upset the Nuggets, after being able to upset them in their first meetings. Throughout the season, the Pistons are sitting at the bottom of the standings. This is why it is no longer surprising that they are one of the first teams to be eliminated this season. In February until the early March, the Pistons actually dropped 11 straight games. Since then, they have failed to build a momentum, despite picking up a win against the Pacers. They are actually doing quite well in the three-point territory, shooting over 36.1%. In the free-throw line, they are also doing well, with 77.9%, but it is unfortunate that it did not work on their advantage. They are the 28th in offense, scoring 111.2 points per game, and the 29th in defense, allowing 118.6 points per game.

Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Pistons with 21.6 points per game, but he is unavailable for this game, following his injuries. Actually, he is not the only person injured for this squad, as injuries kept piling up for his team. Aside from him, Burks, Livers, Ivey, Bagley III, Stewart, Diallo, Cunningham are all unavailable in this game.

Prediction:

Denver Nuggets
Total Under: 121.5
Odds: 0.80

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