Denver Nuggets vs. Detroit Pistons - 10/29/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (29-53) at Denver Nuggets (36-46)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -7 -- Over/Under: 215 See the Latest Odds
TV: Altitude, FS-Detroit
The Denver Nuggets and the Detroit Pistons face off on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center in Denver as they start their 2014-2015 NBA Basketball seasons.
The Denver Nuggets had a tough season last year as in the past they were dominant at home and last year home wins were far from a given. Ty Lawson led the Nuggets last season averaging 17.6 points and 8.8 assists per game. Kenneth Faried averaged 13.7 points and 8.6 rebounds, and Randy Foye averaged 13.2 points. The big news this offseason for Denver was the acquisition of former Nugget Aaron Afflalo who gives them a solid backcourt and another player who can take over and who averaged 18.2 points per game last season. Denver shot 44.7 percent from the floor including 35.8 percent from beyond the three-point arc. Denver needs to improve their defense if they want to be a better team.
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The Detroit Pistons were not a very good team a season ago but with the hiring of Stan Van Gundy as Head Coach they are hoping to get things turned around. Josh Smith was the Pistons leading scorer last season averaging 16.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game but the expectation from him is higher. Andre Drummond is back in the middle after averaging 13.2 rebounds and 13.5 points per game and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope should take a step forward. Greg Monroe is suspended for his game and the next one so is 15.2 points and 9.3 rebounds need to be replaced. Detroit shot 44.7 percent from the floor and 32.1 percent fro behind the three-point arc. Detroit as fairly young roster and it might take them time to put it together.
Denver is 5-0 against the spread against the Eastern Conference, 13-6 against the spread in their last 19 games, and 26-10-2 against the spread playing on 3 or more days rest. Detroit is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 road games, 2-6 against the spread following a win, and 4-0 against the spread against the Western Conference. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.
Detroit needs some help but Denver is hardly a world beater and I look for Detroit to keep it close enough to cover.