Game Preview: Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets

Essentials

Date: Dec. 9, 2009

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Television: Fox Sports Detroit

Records

Detroit: 9-12

Denver: 16-6

Probable starters

Detroit:

PG SG SF PF C

Chucky
Atkins
Rodney
Stuckey
Jonas
Jerebko
Jason
Maxiell
Ben
Wallace

Denver:

PG SG SF PF C

Chauncey
Billups
Arron
Afflalo
Carmelo
Anthony
Joey
Graham
Nene

Las Vegas projection

Spread: Detroit +7

Over/under: 198.5

Score: Denver wins, 103-96

Statistical projection

Detroit offensive rating: 105.7 (21st)

Detroit defensive rating: 107.5 (19th)

Detroit pace: 87.4 (30th)

Denver offensive rating: 113.5 (2nd)

Denver defensive rating: 105.9 (14th)

Denver pace: 96.1 (3rd)

Score: Denver wins, 101-97

Outlook

The Pistons have won three in a row, but their opponents in those games are a combined 22-40. Denver presents a real test to see if Detroit has figured out how to succeed without Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.

And, of course, Chauncey Billups returns to the Palace again. That won’t make anything easier for Detroit.

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