Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the basket against Detroit Pistons center Jalen Duren (0) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

Denver Nuggets (46-23, first in the Western Conference) vs. Detroit Pistons (16-54, 15th in the Eastern Conference)

Detroit; Thursday, 7 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Denver enters the matchup with Detroit after losing four games in a row.
The Pistons are 9-27 in home games. Detroit allows the most points in the Eastern Conference, giving up 118.6 points and is allowing opponents to shoot 49.0%.

The Nuggets have gone 16-17 away from home. Denver ranks second in the league with 29.2 assists per game led by Nikola Jokic averaging 10.0.

The teams meet for the second time this season. The Pistons won 110-108 in the last matchup on Nov. 23. Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pistons with 22 points, and Jokic led the Nuggets with 31 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Killian Hayes is averaging 9.6 points and 6.1 assists for the Pistons. James Wiseman is averaging 13.8 points over the last 10 games for Detroit.

Jokic is averaging 24.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nuggets. Jamal Murray is averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 assists and 1.6 steals over the past 10 games for Denver.

LAST 10 GAMES: Pistons: 1-9, averaging 105.5 points, 45.8 rebounds, 23.6 assists, 7.4 steals and 4.5 blocks per game while shooting 45.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 112.0 points per game.

Nuggets: 5-5, averaging 115.3 points, 44.0 rebounds, 29.9 assists, 7.6 steals and 4.1 blocks per game while shooting 48.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.9 points.

INJURIES: Pistons: Isaiah Stewart: out (shoulder), Jaden Ivey: out (health and safety protocols), Cade Cunningham: out for season (shin), Alec Burks: out (foot), Isaiah Livers: out (hip), Hamidou Diallo: out (ankle), Marvin Bagley III: out (ankle), Bojan Bogdanovic: out (achilles).

Nuggets: Collin Gillespie: out (leg), Zeke Nnaji: out (shoulder).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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