Game Preview: Nuggets at Pistons

Denver in search of redemption after blowout loss to Knicks
by Aaron Lopez

Short-term memory loss will be part of the game plan Saturday when the Denver Nuggets face the Detroit Pistons.

After suffering their most lopsided loss of the season Friday night in New York, the Nuggets look to bounce back when they complete a back-to-back set at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

"It was a terrible game," Nuggets coach Brian Shaw said after watching his team get outscored 97-64 by the Knicks over the final three quarters. "We have to flush this one down the toilet and get ready for (Detroit)."

Denver (24-24) has won six straight games against Detroit. This will be the first meeting of the season between the teams.


WHEN: 5:30 p.m. MT
WHERE: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mich.
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

DENVER (24-24)

F Wilson Chandler
F Kenneth Faried
C J.J. Hickson
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

DETROIT (20-29)
F Josh Smith
F Greg Monroe
C Andre Drummond
G Kyle Singler
G Brandon Jennings

Lawson (strained rotator cuff) is probable; Danilo Gallinari (knee) and JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson (strained knee ligament) are out.
DETROIT: Josh Harrellson (sore left knee) is questionable.

Despite winning each of the last six contests, the Nuggets have lost seven of the last 13 games overall against Detroit, not to mention 16 of the last 24 meetings since 2000-01 . . . Before winning at Detroit in 2010-11, Denver had lost 14 consecutive road games to the Pistons (did not play at Detroit in 2011-12 due to lockout) . . . 2010-11 was the Nugget’s first 2-0 sweep in the season series with Detroit since the 1993-94 season (have swept Detroit four times since joining the NBA in 1976) . . . The highest scoring game in NBA history involved the Nuggets and Pistons, as Detroit beat Denver 186-184 in triple-overtime at McNichols Sports Arena in Denver on 12/13/83 . . . Ironically, the fewest points that Denver has ever scored in a game also came against the Pistons, scoring only 53 points at Detroit on 11/16/02 . . . The most points ever scored by a Nuggets player was 73 points by David Thompson, which he did against the Pistons on 4/9/78 in Detroit.