The Pistons and the Nuggets are two franchises who have shared a common kinship over the past few years. Most of Denver's recent success can be attributed to the "Thank you" card they mailed to Joe Dumars in 2003 when his drafting of Darko Milicic allowed the Nuggets to land their franchise gem, Carmelo Anthony.
In 2008, the Pistons shipped their beloved general Chauncey Billups to Denver in return for disgruntled superstar Allen Iverson. Then in 2009 the Pistons presented Denver with the services of Arron Afflalo in return for a box of peanuts and cash considerations. Both Billups and Afflalo have started every game for the Nuggets this season (with the exception of four games during which Billups was sidelined with an injury).
As of late, the fortunes of Detroit and Denver were set to cross again in the recently disintegrated blockbuster trade, also involving the Nets. Ironically, Anthony was the player on the move and continues to be an important entity in both franchises who were affected on that fateful draft day eight years ago.
Now, the two teams face off tonight in their first battle of the season. While one team has experienced enviable success in recent years and the other is currently in re-building mode it may be a surprise to some who is the favorite in tonight's meeting.