The defending NBA champion Denver Nuggets will look to snap a four-game road losing streak when they face the foundering Detroit Pistons on Monday night.
Denver’s latest road setback came Sunday when the team fell to Cleveland 121-109. The Cavaliers shot 54.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the Nuggets 47-33.
Jokic was limited to 28 minutes due to foul issues. He finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
The Nuggets also lost their previous game, at New Orleans, 115-110, on Friday night. The Pelicans shot 52.3 percent from the field.
One bright spot in the last two games has been reserve guard Christian Braun. He’s contributed a combined 38 points and 11 rebounds without a turnover in 55 minutes.
Denver’s second-leading scorer, Jamal Murray, has missed the last six games with a hamstring injury.
The Nuggets will play the middle contest of a five-game trip. They have won six of their last seven meetings with Detroit.
The Pistons have lost 11 straight. They’ve kept it close in a majority of those games, but that wasn’t the case on Sunday. Toronto blew them out 142-113 as the Raptors racked up a franchise-record 44 assists and made just eight turnovers.
Detroit, which has been ravaged by injuries, had only 10 players available.
The Pistons’ bench outscored the starters 63-50. Lottery pick Ausar Thompson had a rough night, committing five turnovers. Jaden Ivey and Kevin Knox, thrust into starting roles, shot a combined 5-for-21 from the field. Isaiah Stewart, who started at center, grabbed only five rebounds.