Free NBA Pick: Pistons vs. Raptors Lines
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(0-0) Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 26
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: TOR -7.5
NBA Betting Total: OFF
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The Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons both open the 2016-17 NBA season with a world of confidence.
Toronto made it to last year’s Eastern Conference Finals and was two wins away from knocking off the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers; the Pistons made the playoffs for the first time in what felt like forever and gave the Cavs a fight despite their Round 1 departure.
Wednesday night, these two franchises are set to square off in their first game of the new campaign.
Detroit has done a solid job in the last two years building a roster that not only fits Stan Van Gundy’s system, but plays well with Andre Drummond as the centerpiece.
Although the team still needs to prove it can consistently hit the outside shot, allowing the 4-out-1-in system to thrive, it did make up the difference a bit by landing just outside the top 10 in terms of points allowed per game by the end of last season.
Against Toronto, the Pistons should look to attack the paint. The Raptors are shorthanded to start the year with Jared Sullinger sidelined, so using Drummond (not to mention slashing guards) to collect early foul trouble on opposing bigs will benefit Detroit tremendously.
The other thing the Pistons need to do is contain Toronto’s backcourt. Not only are Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan one of the best 1-2 punches at point guard and shooting guard, but the Raptors proved last postseason that their success is directly correlated to the success of its star tandem.
Putting a halt on the backcourt attack and forcing the two All-Stars into poor shooting nights is the crucial recipe to success against Toronto.
As bad as Toronto looked during the playoffs when Lowry and DeRozan weren’t on their games, it looked like a true contender when the two guards were firing on all cylinders.
Both players know their strengths and weaknesses, so getting them to attack the rim and create for one another will be a key to success in this one.
Last season, the Raptors were a middle-of-the-pack team in terms of points per game. They averaged 102.7 points per contest, which was good enough for 14th in the league.
Defensively, Toronto was elite. It allowed just 98.2 points per game, which was good enough for second in the Association.
Look for the Raptors to try to blow this one open early with their defense being the main reason.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
- Raptors are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall.
- Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Pistons are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit loss at home.
- Pistons are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
- Pistons are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game.
Free Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction
The trends point to Detroit ATS in this one, and with the spread opening up at 7.5 in Toronto’s favor, it would be easy to go that route.
The problem is, this is a brand new season and we’re looking at Toronto’s defense as the biggest difference maker.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: TOR -7.5
Look for the Raptors to get major production out of its backcourt without sacrificing any sort of production on defense.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 104 – Detroit 96
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