Detroit Pistons (30-37) at Denver Nuggets (37-31)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Pepsi Center)
The Line: Denver Nuggets -8 -- Over/Under: 218.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets meet Thursday in NBA action at the Pepsi Center.
The Detroit Pistons could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 102.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 104.2 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 19.8 points and 6.5 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 14.9 points and 15.7 rebounds. Ish Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Reggie Bullock is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons haven’t won a road game since January 10.
The Denver Nuggets also need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive after splitting their last 10 games. The Denver Nuggets are averaging 109.1 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 107.9 points on 48 percent shooting. Gary Harris is averaging 17.8 points and three assists while Jamal Murray is averaging 16.2 points and 3.2 assists. Nikola Jokic is the third double-digit scorer and Will Barton is dishing 4.2 assists. The Denver Nuggets are shooting 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Denver Nuggets are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.2 rebounds per game. The Denver Nuggets have won seven of their last 10 home games.
The Pistons are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games playing on 1 days rest and 6-21 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Nuggets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. NBA Central and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Pistons are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Denver, the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
The Detroit Pistons seem to be a team that just can't wait for the offseason, as the losses are piling up, the offense is struggling big time and they're being outscored by almost 10 points in their last five games. The Pistons have also covered just three of their last 16 road games. No, thanks. The Denver Nuggets have played their best ball by far this season at home where they shoot over 48 percent from the field, and they need to win games liek this if they're going to stay in the playoff race. I'll take the Nuggets by double digits.