The Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons are in very different places right now. The Nuggets have a chance to finish as high as third in the Western Conference while the Pistons are playing for ping pong balls in the lottery.
Let’s take a deep dive into the different wagering markets with our Nuggets vs. Pistons betting pick, complete with the best odds, prop predictions, and analysis.
Nuggets vs. Pistons Betting Prediction
The Nuggets are already guaranteed home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, but their first-round opponent is still a mystery. They are currently slated to play the Dallas Mavericks, but there is still a chance they play the Portland Trail Blazers or Los Angeles Lakers.
The Pistons, on the other hand, have the second-worst record in the NBA and will likely have a 14% chance at the top pick in this summer’s draft.
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Nuggets vs. Pistons Odds
Game lines courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado:
Spread: Nuggets -9.5 (-110) // Pistons +9.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Nuggets -455 // Pistons +350
Total: O 221 (-108) // U 221 (-113)
Bets We Like With A Nuggets Win
Denver Nuggets -5.5 First Half (-105)
The Pistons are playing for pride at this point in the season while the Nuggets are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. Of course, it’s always tough to predict these end-of-season games, but we don’t see the Pistons putting up much of a fight in this one.
Take the Nuggets to cover the spread in the first half. Look for Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. to assert themselves early. In a perfect world, Denver will run away with this one early and give those guys some much-needed rest.
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Bets We Like With A Pistons Win
Saddiq Bey First Basket (+750)
Let’s be honest here, we don’t give the Pistons much of a chance to win here. They have randomly beaten some top-notch teams this year, but the Nuggets have been good enough to avoid those upsets for the most part.
There are solid odds on Saddiq Bey to score the first basket of the game. This prop doesn’t really correlate with the Pistons winning this game, but let’s take a chance on Bey anyway. The Pistons are going to roll over in this one.
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Nuggets vs. Pistons Prediction, Pick
Pistons fans are probably ready for the season to be over by now. Detroit is going to have a tough time matching up with Nikola Jokic on Friday night. Most teams have had issues with that assignment. Look for the over on Jokic’s points and take the Nuggets laying the points. Detroit is ready to pack it up while the Nuggets are thinking about a championship.
Pick: Nuggets -9.5