Nuggets aim to snap road losing skid in game vs. struggling Pistons

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.”They were just better today,” Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic said. “Offensive glass, paint — they were getting everything they want.”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.”We are playing a little bit stagnant right now. Just maybe (need) a little bit more movement,” Jokic said. “And defense, of course. Our defense is really bad right now.”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.”He’s a guy that’s never going to let go of the rope,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “It’s just not in CB’s character. He’s a competitor.”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.