Detroit Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic (knee) is listed as questionable and rookie guard Jaden Ivey (knee) is questionable for Thursday night’s home game against the Mavericks.
Cade Cunningham is also out indefinitely with a shin injury. Nerlens Noel is also still recovering from a sore left knee. But the former Kicks center was upgraded to questionable on Wednesday.
According to a few NBA betting sites, the Pistons have the third-lowest odds to win the championship in 2023. Many sportsbooks are ruling out a playoff run, but some odds are giving Detroit a chance.
Bojan Bogdanovic will be available tomorrow after missing two games with right knee and ankle pain. Jaden Ivey (right knee soreness) is questionable.
— Omari Sankofa II (@omarisankofa) November 30, 2022
In 22 starts this season, Bogdanovic is averaging 20.3 points and 2.5 assists per game. Additionally, he shot a career-best 49.8% from the field, and 39.7% from downtown.
On October 26, in the Pistons’ 118–113 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the forward scored a season-high 33 points in 34 minutes. He finished 12-of-21 (57.1%) from the floor and 6-of-12 (50%) from beyond the arc.
Moreover, Jaden Ivey has missed the last three games due to a knee injury. Through the first 19 starts of his NBA career, the Purdue product is averaging 16.2 points, 4.9 boards and 4.3 assists.
Pistons forward Bojan Bogdanovic is likely, while guard Jaden Ivey is questionable against the Mavericks on Thursday.
For other statistics, the 20-year-old is shooting 42.1% from the field and 31.8% from three-point range. Not to mention, Ivey has recorded three double-doubles so far this season.
In the Pistons’ 140-110 blowout loss to the New York Knicks on Monday, center Isaiah Stewart led Detroit with just 19 points. Needless to say, their offense isn’t the same without Cunningham and Ivey.
Chuck guaranteed the Pistons a win and things didn’t go as planned 😅 pic.twitter.com/KGqg2sdEUR
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 30, 2022
“I think tonight was a delayed response to the West Coast trip,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said after the loss. “I expected a game like that on Monday, but we had a fight in that game. This one was stinky.
“We’ve been playing really good basketball lately, but that didn’t happen tonight.”
Additionally, the Mavericks are 1-4 in their last five games. Indeed, the Mavs snapped a four-game skid with a 116-113 home win over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
As for the Pistons, they are on a three-game losing streak. Dallas has won its last five head-to-head games against Detroit. In the previous three meetings, the Mavs have won and covered the spread.
According to the ESPN Basketball Power Index, the Mavericks have a 76.3% chance of beating the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Sportsbooks show Dallas as a seven-point favorite.