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(58-22) Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons (38-42)
Date: Monday April 9
Time: 7:00 PM EST
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -3.5
NBA Betting Total: 208
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Monday April 9, finds the Toronto Raptors arriving at Little Caesars Arena to face their host the Detroit Pistons. Both squads are playing the second game of a back to back set. The Raptors beat the Orlando Magic Sunday while the Pistons lost in Memphis.
Last season, the Raptors won three of four games and have taken all three games this season. The Pistons hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 51 of their 85 matches.
During Toronto’s final home stand they accomplished several franchise firsts. This included setting a new win total (58), new home record (34-7) which ties Houston as NBA best and nabbed their first Eastern Conference top seed.
Having slipped defensively, the Raptors utilized this three game stint to re-instill their prowess on that end of the court holding Boston and Indiana to their lowest scores of the season.
Seemingly all that was left to do was manage minutes via maintaining player’s rhythm and flow while getting everyone to the postseason healthy.
The latter turned out to be a big ask as several Raptors got banged up Sunday. Norman Powell tweaked his ankle, but was able to continue. Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira (hamstring) and Fred VanVleet (lower back) weren’t as fortunate as they were forced to leave the game.
DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas (rest) sat Sunday, but expect Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to replace them on the healthy scratch list.
Coming into the game Sunday the Pistons were one of the hottest teams having won eight of ten games. Perhaps getting officially eliminated took away some of the Pistons mojo as they allowed the 29th ranked Grizzlies squad to score 130 points.
Granted the Pistons faced mostly other lottery teams, but they pushed Houston to overtime and Philly in those losses.
Recalling the last time the Raptors were in Detroit it featured DeRozan’s crazy dunk to force overtime and hs pass out to VanVleet for the game winner so the Pistons have ample motivation to thwart the Raptors quest.
Reggie Jackson (illness) is questionable for Monday. Three others are not expected back this season including Reggie Bullock (knee), Blake Griffin (ankle) and Jon Leuer (ankle).
NBA Betting Trends:
- Teams are 4-5-1 ATS in their last 10 head to head contests.
- Raptors are 8-2 in last 10 head to head meetings.
- Over-under is 5-4-1 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons NBA Prediction:
Winning out would allow Toronto to reach 60 wins, but after the scare of potentially losing Nogueira for an extended period they’ll likely exercise caution. Still, it’s a fine balance as playing cautiously can lead to a lack of intensity which opens the door for injury.
If Jackson joins Griffin and Bullock on the sidelines it makes for an easier path for Toronto to garner victory.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
Again, the key for Toronto is to get everyone healthy to April 13 and to recommit defensively.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 108 – Pistons 98
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