The Detroit Pistons (2-12) welcome the Denver Nuggets (9-4) to Little Caesars Arena Monday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. ET. Let’s analyze FanDuel Sportsbook’s lines around the Nuggets vs. Pistons odds and make our expert NBA picks and predictions.
Season series: First meeting; teams split 2 games last season
The Pistons have lost 11 straight games after starting 1-2 on the year. They lost to the Toronto Raptors 142-113 Sunday, failing to cover as a 9.5-point underdog. Detroit has covered in just 1 of its last 4 games. It is 6-8 against the spread (ATS) on the season. The Pistons are led by G Cade Cunningham, who is averaging 21 points per game (PPG).
The Nuggets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 121-109 Sunday on the road, failing to cover as a 4.5-point favorite. They have failed to cover in 5 straight games and are 2-3 straight up over that span. Denver is 5-8 ATS on the season. C Nikola Jokic is averaging 28.8 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.
Nuggets at Pistons odds
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- Moneyline (ML): Nuggets -400 (bet $400 to win $100) | Pistons +310 (bet $100 to win $310)
- Against the spread (ATS): Nuggets -8.5 (-115) | Pistons +8.5 (-105)
- Over/Under (O/U): 224.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Nuggets at Pistons picks and predictions
Nuggets 119, Pistons 108
The Nuggets are the reigning champs taking on one of the worst teams in the Eastern Conference. The -400 moneyline value is unplayable. Similarly, don’t bank on the Pistons ending their losing streak.
LEAN PISTONS +8.5 (-105).
The reigning champs usually are a public darling, but they have struggled on the road. Denver is 1-5 ATS away from and has failed to cover in 4 straight road games. The Nuggets have lost 4 straight on the road as well, including losses to Houston, New Orleans, and Cleveland — teams not necessarily expected to contend for a title.
Detroit isn’t much better, just 6-8 ATS on the season, but it is 3-3 ATS over its last 6 games and has lost by 8 or fewer in 2 of its last 3. It may not win, but it could cover Monday. Take PISTONS +8.5 (-105).
BET OVER 224.5 (-110).
The Pistons defense has not been great, allowing 126 or more points in 2 of their last 3 games. Their games have gone Over in 4 of their last 6, and they are 9-5 O/U on the season.
Denver sits 9th in true shooting percentage and ended last season 3rd in the category. Its efficient offense should lead to points against a lacking defense. The Nuggets are 4-4 O/U over their last 8 games.
Take OVER 224.5 (-110).