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Denver seeking fourth win past five games as they take on Detroit

Nuggets guard Evan Fournier is averaging 10.8 points in the past 15 games.
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In a four-day span, the Denver Nuggets handled the two-time defending champion Miami Heat on the road and cooled the NBA’s hottest team at home.

With the struggling Detroit Pistons on tap, the Nuggets will need to keep the same focus if they want to keep their March momentum going.

“We can play with anyone,” Denver guard Randy Foye said. “The teams that are below .500, we have to get up for those guys like we did (against Miami and the Los Angeles Clippers). If we had done that, this season would have been a different story.”

The Nuggets ended L.A.’s 11-game winning streak on Monday. They will look to beat the Pistons for the seventh time in the past eight meetings.

Detroit snapped a seven-game losing streak against Denver with a 126-109 victory at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Feb. 8.


PISTONS AT NUGGETS


WHEN:
7 p.m. MT
WHERE: Pepsi Center, Denver
TV; RADIO: Altitude; AM-950

PROBABLE STARTERS
DENVER (30-37)

F Evan Fournier
F Kenneth Faried
C Timofey Mozgov
G Randy Foye
G Ty Lawson

PISTONS (25-41)
F Josh Smith
F Greg Monroe
C Andre Drummond
G Kyle Singler
G Brandon Jennings

INJURY REPORT
DENVER:
Lawson (sinus infection) is a game-time decision; Wilson Chandler (rest), Danilo Gallinari (knee), JaVale McGee (stress fracture, left tibia) and Nate Robinson are out.
DETROIT: Peyton Siva (sprained ankle) is day-to-day; Andre Drummond (neck), Chauncey Billups (knee) and Josh Harrellson are out.

SERIES NOTES
Despite winning six of the last seven games in the series, the Nuggets are 8-17 against Detroit since the 2000-01 season . . . 2010-11 marked Denver's first 2-0 sweep in the series since the 1993-94 season. The Nuggets 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.