Denver vs. Detroit, 02/02/2020 12:30 EDT, Score: 123 - 128

Point Spread: +2/-105 Detroit

Sportsbook: Bodog

Result: Win

10* Detroit (12:35 ET): The Pistons did make the playoffs LY as an 8-seed. But with the top of the Eastern Conference having collectively improved this year, the Pistons have seemingly been “left in the dust” and are further away from contending than they’ve been in awhile. It hasn’t helped that they’ve regressed. Part of the story has been injuries. January ended with Detroit going 0-5 SU and ATS its last five games. I just played against them Friday night. But I’ll be singing a much “different tune” here on Sunday.

I’ve said it before - Denver has been a big overachiever the last two seasons. They finished second in the Western Conference a season ago despite several teams behind them having better YTD point differentials. The same thing is happening this year as they are again 2nd in the West even though FIVE teams behind them have better point differentials. That all being said, the Nuggets are off a somewhat shocking win on Friday night as they went to Milwaukee and beat the Bucks 127-115 as a 13-point underdog. They also won at home vs. Utah Thursday night.

What makes those two wins even more shocking is that the Nuggets were short-handed for both. Starting backcourt Murray and Harris missed both games as did forward Paul Milsap and backup Mason Plumlee. HC Michael Malone has recently talked about resting players due to increased workloads, particularly Nikola Jokic. Detroit has its own injury issues, but Denver is 3-8 ATS after scoring 115+ points their previous game and only +1.8 PPG on the road. Look for the Pistons to pull the upset. They’re sick of losing. 10* Detroit

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