Who's Playing

Denver @ Detroit

Current Records: Denver 46-24; Detroit 20-50

What to Know

The Detroit Pistons will take on the Denver Nuggets at 8 p.m. ET Friday at Little Caesars Arena after having had a few days off. Denver will be strutting in after a win while the Pistons will be stumbling in from a defeat.

On Tuesday, Detroit lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves at home by a decisive 119-100 margin. Detroit was down 86-65 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. A silver lining for them was the play of point guard Saben Lee, who had 22 points and five assists.

Meanwhile, Denver strolled past Minnesota with points to spare on Thursday, taking the contest 114-103. Center Nikola Jokic continued his habit of dropping crazy stat lines, posting a double-double on 31 points and 14 boards.

The Nuggets' victory brought them up to 46-24 while the Pistons' loss pulled them down to 20-50. Denver is still in the hunt for a spot in the playoffs, so these next two games are critical for them. Detroit has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Detroit is expected to lose this next one by 9.5. Now might not be the best time to take Detroit against the spread since they've let down bettors for the past three consecutive games.

A pair of offensive stats to keep an eye on: The Pistons are fourth worst in the league in points per game, with only 106.8 on average. The Nuggets' offense has more to brag about, as they they enter the game with a 48.50% field goal percentage, good for fourth best in the league. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.

How To Watch

  • When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Little Caesars Arena -- Detroit, Michigan
  • TV: Altitude Sports & Entertainmnt
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Nuggets are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Pistons, according to the latest NBA odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -112

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Series History

Denver have won seven out of their last 11 games against Detroit.

  • Apr 06, 2021 - Denver 134 vs. Detroit 119
  • Feb 25, 2020 - Denver 115 vs. Detroit 98
  • Feb 02, 2020 - Detroit 128 vs. Denver 123
  • Mar 26, 2019 - Denver 95 vs. Detroit 92
  • Feb 04, 2019 - Detroit 129 vs. Denver 103
  • Mar 15, 2018 - Denver 120 vs. Detroit 113
  • Dec 12, 2017 - Denver 103 vs. Detroit 84
  • Nov 12, 2016 - Detroit 106 vs. Denver 95
  • Nov 05, 2016 - Detroit 103 vs. Denver 86
  • Feb 10, 2016 - Denver 103 vs. Detroit 92
  • Jan 23, 2016 - Denver 104 vs. Detroit 101