Denver Nuggets vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/16/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Denver Nuggets vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Bally Sports Detroit
The Detroit Pistons host the Denver Nuggets at Little Caesars Arena on Thursday.
The Nuggets faced off with the Raptors and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 125-110 in their last game. Denver ended having earned a 55.3% FG percentage (42 out of 76) and buried 6 of their 25 3-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Nuggets converted 20 of 25 attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Pertaining to hauling in rebounds, they collected 32 with 4 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 29 assists in the game while forcing the opposition into 11 turnovers and earning 9 steals. In reference to defending, Denver allowed their opponent to shoot 52.7% from the field on 49 out of 93 shooting. Toronto totaled 25 dimes and had 10 steals for the matchup. Furthermore, Toronto snagged 44 rebounds (14 offensive, 30 defensive) and had 4 blocked shots. Toronto finished the game at 88.2% at the free throw line by making 15 of 17 shots. They knocked down 12 out of their 30 tries from 3-point land. In relation to fouls, the Nuggets ended up with 17 while the Raptors accounted for 18 fouls.
Nikola Jokic is a player who came through for the matchup. He ended up finishing with 28 points on 10 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 35 minutes played and totaled 8 boards. Jokic shot 76.9% from the floor and also totaled 7 assists.
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Denver comes into this game with a mark of 46-23 for the season. They turn it over 14.7 times per contest and as a group they commit 18.8 fouls per game. As a unit, Denver is pulling down 42.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 2,017 assists on the year, which ranks 2nd in the league in terms of passing. The Nuggets are connecting on 38.7% from downtown (836 of 2,159) and 75.4% from the free throw line. They currently have an average of 116.8 points per game (7th in the NBA) while going 50.8% from the field.
On the defensive end, the Nuggets are able to force 13.6 turnovers per game while drawing 19.8 personal fouls. They are giving up 34.9% on shots from distance while they are 15th in basketball in points per game allowed (113.2). The Nuggets are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 48.1% (2,893 of 6,013) and they concede 40.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They currently rank 23rd in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,789 relinquished this year.
In their last game, the Pistons took a defeat with a final score of 117-97 when they faced the Wizards. The Pistons snagged 25 defensive rebounds and 19 offensive rebounds totaling 44 for the contest. They turned the ball over 11 times, while earning 8 steals in this game. The Wizards committed 12 personal fouls for this contest which got the Pistons to the free throw line for a total of 12 shots. They were able to bury 11 of the free throws for a rate of 91.7%. Pertaining to three-point attempts, Detroit converted 10 out of 34 tries (29.4%). At the conclusion of this game, the Pistons finished shooting 38 out of 99 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 38.4%. The Pistons permitted the Wizards to bury 44 of their 85 tries from the floor which had them at 51.8% for the contest. They shot 21.9% from distance by connecting on 7 of 32 and ended up going 22 of 22 at the free throw line (100.0%). When discussing how they rebounded, Detroit permitted Washington to collect 48 in total (10 offensive).
Killian Hayes pitched in for the Pistons in this game. He buried 10 out of 21 in this game for a rate of 47.6%, and totaled 3 rebounds. Hayes earned 20 points in his 35 mins of playing time and had 7 dimes for this contest.
Detroit has a win-loss record of 16-54 on the season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Pistons are connecting on 45.4% from the field, which ranks them 28th in the NBA. Detroit has accounted for 7,785 pts for the season (111.2 per contest) and they collect 42.8 boards per contest. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 22.9 times per game (26th in the league) and they are giving up possession 15.0 times per game. The Pistons are responsible for committing 22.1 personal fouls per contest while shooting 77.0% from the free throw line.
The Pistons on the defensive end are ranked 29th in the league in PPG surrendered with 118.6. They are forcing 13.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 49.0% from the floor (27th in the NBA). The Detroit defense gives up 36.1% on 3-point shots (837 of 2,316) and their opposition knocks down 77.9% of their free throw attempts. They surrender 25.6 dimes and 44.8 rebounds per contest, which is 15th and 24th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Denver
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