Detroit Pistons vs Denver Nuggets Prediction, 2/1/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Denver Nuggets
Date: Monday, February 1, 2021
Location: Ball Arena in Denver, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+9.5)
The Denver Nuggets (11-8) play the Detroit Pistons (5-15) at Ball Arena on Monday. The odds on this contest have Denver as 9.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 224.
The Detroit Pistons stepped onto the hardwood against the Golden State Warriors and ended up losing by a score of 118-91 in their last contest. Detroit ended the game having earned a 37.7% FG percentage (29 out of 77) and made 9 of 36 3-point attempts. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Pistons converted 24 of 32 attempts for a rate of 75.0%. In terms of grabbing rebounds, they collected 39 with 7 of them being of the offensive sort. They also recorded 17 assists in this matchup in addition to earning 6 steals and 4 rejections. With respect to the defense, Detroit allowed their opponent to shoot 52.2% from the floor on 47 out of 90 shooting. Golden State earned 34 assists and had 6 steals in this game. Furthurmore, the Warriors snagged 47 rebounds (8 offensive, 39 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Golden State finished the game at 70.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 7 of their 10 attempts. They converted 17 out of their 36 shots from 3-point land.
Jerami Grant is a player who played a role in this game. He was able to score 18 points on 5 out of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 28:26 mins and collected 2 boards. Grant finished the contest at 62.5% from the field and also totaled 2 dimes. Another guy that came through in this game for the Pistons was Delon Wright. He grabbed 6 rebounds and also earned 4 dimes. He finished the contest at 33.3% from the field for the matchup by hitting 2-of-6 (7 points). When all was said and done, Wright saw the court for 23:24 minutes.
Detroit will enter this matchup with a mark of 5-15 for the campaign. They average 108.4 points per outing (23rd in basketball) while hitting 42.9% from the floor. The Pistons are connecting on 35.8% on 3-pointers (263 of 734) and 78.5% from the free throw line. As a unit, Detroit is grabbing 43.0 rebounds per game and is sitting with 478 dimes this year, which is 12th in basketball in terms of passing. They are turning it over 14.8 times per contest and as a group are committing 20.9 fouls on a nightly basis. On defense, the Pistons are forcing 16.0 turnovers per game and they draw 21.8 fouls. The Pistons defense is allowing a FG percentage of 48.1% (320 of 436) and they concede 46.0 rebounds per contest as a group. They currently rank 27th in the NBA in giving up assists to their opponents with 504 relinquished on the year. They are giving up 39.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 20th in the league in points per game from their opponents (112.7).
The last time they took the court, the Denver Nuggets took a loss by a score of 119-109 when they faced the San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets collected 30 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 37 in this game. They also rejected 5 shots while recording 8 steals for this game. The Spurs had 18 fouls in this contest which got the Nuggets to the free throw line for a total of 20 tries. They were able to knock down 13 of the free throws for a rate of 65.0%. With respect to shooting from beyond the arc, Denver knocked down 14 of 31 attempts (45.2%). When the final whistle blew, the Nuggets went 41 for 78 from the field which had them at 52.6%. The Nuggets allowed the Spurs to convert 44 of 81 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 54.3% in this game. They wrapped up this game 43.5% from beyond the arc by connecting on 10 out of 23 and finished the game at 21 of 26 at the free throw line (80.8%). When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Denver allowed San Antonio to pull down 41 in total (9 offensive).
Nikola Jokić ended up being a factor for the Nuggets in this game. He converted 14 out of 24 in the game for a rate of 58.3%, which had him sitting at 35 points. Jokić collected 10 boards in his 38:43 minutes of time on the court and had 5 dimes in the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Denver was Jamal Murray. He notched 20 points in 35:13 mins played via 9 out of 14 from the floor in this contest. Murray ended the game having shot 64.3% from the field and also collecting 7 dimes and 6 boards.
Denver has a mark of 11-8 for the year. The Nuggets are committing 19.8 fouls every game while shooting 76.4% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 27.1 times per contest (3rd in basketball) and they turn it over 14.6 times per contest. Denver has totaled 2,204 points for the year (116.0 per game) and they pull in 45.4 boards per game. In terms of offensive execution, the Nuggets are hitting on 48.0% from the floor, which has them ranked 3rd in the league. The Nuggets defensively are ranked 18th in the NBA in points allowed per game with 111.4. They have allowed 26.6 dimes and 41.0 boards per game, which is 28th and 1st in the league. The Denver defense gives up 37.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (251 of 675) and their opposition knocks down 76.1% of their shots from the free throw line. They are forcing 15.3 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (24th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Denver (-9.5)
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