The Denver Nuggets are set to take on the Detroit Pistons for the first time this season in a matchup between two of the four teams that have defeated the Golden State Warriors so far. The Nuggets are coming off two straight heartbreaking losses, the most recent being a 102-101 loss against the Memphis Grizzlies. In order to bounce back and add another win to their eight-game home stand, they will have to overcome a much-improved Pistons squad led by Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. The Pistons suffered a 16-point loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night, despite 19 points and a ridiculous 22 rebounds from Drummond. Still, the Pistons are already only nine games away from reaching their total number of wins from last season and are currently in sixth place in a tough Eastern Conference.
The Nuggets, meanwhile, will try to play a more complete 48 minutes in this game with a better defensive effort than the one they gave the Grizzlies in the first quarter on Thursday night. They fell behind by 14 by the end of the first by allowing them to shoot lights out. Despite this, they played an inspired game the rest of the way and will have to continue that effort against the Pistons in order to get a win.
|Detroit Pistons||Denver Nuggets||Advantage|
|PG||Reggie Jackson||Emmanuel Mudiay||Pistons|
|SG||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope||Gary Harris||Even|
|SF||Marcus Morris||Danilo Gallinari||Nuggets|
|PF||Ersan Ilyasova||Kenneth Faried||Nuggets|
|C||Andre Drummond||Nikola Jokic||Pistons|
|Bench||Will Barton, Jusuf Nurkic, Randy Foye, Joffrey Lauvergne, Mike Miller, Darrell Arthur||Nuggets|