Free NBA Picks Today: Detroit Pistons vs Denver Nuggets 3/16/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Detroit Pistons vs Denver Nuggets 3/16/23
Thu 16th March 2023

The Detroit Pistons (16-54, 9-27 Home) will try to slow down the league’s top shooting team when they host the Denver Nuggets (46-23, 16-17 Away) on Thursday. Denver was beaten by the Toronto Raptors 125-110 at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday, their fourth consecutive loss.

With 28 points and seven assists, Nikola Jokic was the key player in defeat. The Nuggets are 4.5 games ahead of the Memphis Grizzlies atop the Western Conference, currently sitting in first. Detroit lost in blowout fashion on Tuesday at Capital One Arena, falling to the Washington Wizards 117-97.

Killian Hayes had 20 points and seven assists in the loss, carrying the team. The Pistons are the 15th seed in the Eastern Conference. This marks the last meeting of the season between the teams. After winning the only previous season game against Denver 110-108 at Ball Arena in November 2022, Detroit will be looking for a season sweep.

Jokic led the game in scoring with 31 points, 10 assists, and nine rebounds in the losing effort. Bojan Bogdanovic had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons.

Jokic is averaging 24.7 points per game to lead the Nuggets in scoring this season. Jokic also is contributing 11.9 rebounds and 10.0 assists per game, placing him third and fourth in the league, respectively.

Bogdanovic (21.6 ppg) has been the primary provider for the Pistons on offense. Jalen Duren is pulling down 8.8 rebounds per game, and Hayes is tallying 6.1 assists.

Shooting 50.8% from the field, the Nuggets are the most accurate field goal shooting team in the league. The Nuggets are 3-2 in five trips to Little Caesars Arena.

Denver is 5-5 in the last 10 games with an average margin of -0.6 (115.3-115.9). Detroit has gone 1-9 over the last 10, allowing 112.0 points per game on average while scoring only 105.5 (-6.5 margin). The Pistons are averaging 111.2 ppg for the full season while allowing 118.6.

NUGGETS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
Thomas Bryant: 6.8 | 17.0 | -10.3
Points per game:
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: 7.0 | 11.1 | -4.1
Rebounds per game:
Thomas Bryant: 2.0 | 6.1 | -4.1

PISTONS HOT/COLD

(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points + Rebounds + Assists:
James Wiseman: 27.8 | 15.3 | +12.5
Points per game:
James Wiseman: 16.6 | 9.2 | +7.4
Rebounds per game:
James Wiseman: 10.2 | 5.5 | +4.7
Marvin Bagley III: 4.3 | 6.7 | -2.4
Assists per game:
Jaden Ivey: 9.0 | 4.9 | +4.1

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Denver Nuggets -14.5 (-110)

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