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(22-20) Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors (29-13)
Date: Wednesday January 17
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 211
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The Detroit Pistons travel north of the border to face the East’s second seeded Toronto Raptors. Both squads arrive having lost two in a row. The Pistons most recent loss occurred as they gave up 68 points in the second half to the Charlotte Hornets who struggle to score.
Likewise the Raptors appeared tired and unready for their match versus Philly though they made a valiant fourth quarter comeback attempt.
Last season, the squads played four times with the Raptors winning three of the four contests. The Pistons hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors 51 of their 82 matches.
Andre Drummond is not doubt excited to face a more typical big man in Jonas Valanciunas instead of having to run repeatedly out to the perimeter. Still Drummond is among the bright spots in the NBA this year.
His numbers reflect his offseason work, particularly his efforts at the charity stripe where his efficiency has skyrocketed to 63%. (up 25% from last season).
The Pistons struggle to win on the road and outside the Charlotte loss the road is where four of the Pistons past four losses have occurred. Detroit’s lone road victory came in Brooklyn. That said, the Pistons get up for the top teams posting recent victories over the Spurs and Rockets.
Entering the match the Pistons are injury riddled with several core assets either out or nursing injury. Avery Bradley (groin) Luke Kennard (thumb) and Stanley Johnson (hip) are all possibilities to play, but each will be less than 100 percent.
Reggie Jackson is definitely out as he recovers from a severe ankle strain. Likewise Jon Leuer remains out.
The men in stripes haven’t been exactly making friends north of the border very happy with questionable calls affecting two losses in their past four. Unfortunately their angst isn’t paying dividends; rather it’s resulting in technical fouls, ejections and missed calls.
In their most recent outing the Raptors lost to the 76ers. This represented only the second time in the last 20 meetings the 76ers have beat Toronto.
Kyle Lowry returned for his hometown game, but his performance begged the question if he maybe should have waited another game. As deep as the Raptors are at the point guard position Lowry and Delon Wright both missed time.
Fred VanVleet flourished in their absences and now they may need to return the favor. VanVleet limped off the court following a play where Joel Embiid delivered a rundown block but stepped on the back of the guard’s leg.
The schedule gods also haven’t been overly kind with Toronto playing three of the top four teams in as many days last week. Notably the Raptors haven’t lost three games in-a-row all season.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 13-5-1 in Pistons last 19 road games.
- Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 home games.
- Over is 9-3 in the last 12 head to head meetings.
- Road team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 head to head meetings.
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: Raptors -8.5
Toronto began the last two games slowly, so expect the Raptors to come out aggressive and to utilize their youthful bench depth on the Pistons. The Raptors haven’t lost three games in a row all season and they’ve only lost three 3 games at home all season.
Two of those came last week by three cumulative points. And while both teams have lost their last two games the Raptors home record should rue the day.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -8.5
While Detroit is devastated by injury the Raptors may have their own issues especially at the point with VanVleet likely out, Lowry not looking ready to be back and Wright potentially also nursing some bumps and bruises.
Still, the ACC has been a difficult venue and Toronto will capitalize on that advantage.
The spread seems a little high, but the Raptors tend to respond well after losses (and in this case two in a row).
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 110 – Pistons 99
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