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Pistons vs. Nuggets GameThread: Game Time, TV, Odds, and More

Detroit Pistons, the NBA’s worst team, faces off against Nikola Jokic, the NBA’s best player

Denver Nuggets v Detroit Pistons Photo by Brian Sevald/NBAE via Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons are 16-point underdogs, and, yeah, that sounds about right. The NBA’s worst team is playing the defending NBA champions who still have the NBA’s best player in Nikola Jokic. This one likely isn’t going to be particularly close. Among the micro-battles I will be paying attention to tonight, I’ll be looking at former Pistons Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and how he does against his former team. KCP is playing great ball lately, and he could really be primed for a huge night. Another player who feels like they will shine tonight is Detroit’s Cade Cunningam.

In his past 10 games, Cade is seventh in the NBA in scoring (28.7 points), eighth in assists (8.1), and 23rd in free-throw attempts per game (5.9). He is also 11th among all players who play at least 25 minutes per game in percentage of field goals that are unassisted. In other words, he’s doing it all himself. Hopefully, he can do it again.

Game Vitals

When: 8 p.m. ET
Where: Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado
Watch: Bally Sports Detroit
Odds: Pistons +16

Projected Lineups

Detroit Pistons (3-32)

Cade Cunningham, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Livers, Jalen Duren

Denver Nuggets (25-12)

Jamal Murray, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Porter Jr., Aaron Gordon, Nikola Jokic