The Detroit Pistons will take on the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto is 34-27 overall and 17-13 at home, while the Pistons are 15-47 overall and 6-26 on the road. Detroit has won five straight meetings between these teams, including a 103-87 victory in January.
The Raptors were playing in the second leg of a back-to-back with the Nets, as they won the first meeting in a 133-97 decision on Monday. They were without OG Anunoby (finger) and Fred VanVleet (knee) for both games, but Gary Trent Jr. stepped up with a team-high 24 points on Tuesday.
Detroit has an opportunity to sweep Toronto for the second consecutive season. The Pistons were eight-point underdogs in their win in November and were 9.5-point underdogs in their win in December. They swept all three games last season and have a chance to sweep the Raptors two seasons in a row for the first time.
At the moment, Detroit is in last place in the Eastern Conference, having won only three out of fourteen. However, in the upcoming match there are good chances to end the meeting in their favor. Firstly, the Pistons are good at home: all the victories were won on their own court, the team even managed to beat the reigning champion (128-114).
Secondly, Toronto is disgusting away: six defeats out of seven were received at the sites of rivals. When making a prediction for the Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors, it is worth noting that Detroit celebrated the victory in the last six face-to-face meetings. We are waiting for a decent game from the hosts.
Detroit continues to close the Eastern Conference standings: the club managed to play fourteen matches, and only three of them were successful. However, the Pistons are not so bad at home games: all the victories were won on their own court. When making a prediction for Detroit, it is worth paying attention to the fact that the team is completely unable to cope defensively: on average, opponents score about 117 points per match.
After the twenty-fifth game day, Toronto is on the sixth line in the Eastern Conference standings, having won seven out of fourteen. Nevertheless, the Raptors are very bad away: six defeats out of seven were received at the sites of rivals. When making a prediction for Toronto, it is worth paying attention to the fact that in the last five matches the club has big problems with scoring points: on average, it scores about 108 points per game.
The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with bookmakers listing the Raptors as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Raptors have -204 odds to pick up the win, while the Pistons are listed at +170 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 220 points.
The Raptors have played 14 games, with eight wins against the spread. Toronto has been victorious in five of the seven contests it has been chosen as favorites in this season. Raptors games this year have gone over the point total seven times in 14 opportunities (50%).
In the Pistons’ 14 games this year, they have six wins against the spread. Detroit has won two of the 12 games it was listed as the moneyline underdog this season (16.7%). Pistons games this season have gone over the point total nine times in 14 opportunities (64.3%).
Alec Burks: day to day (conditioning), Cade Cunningham: out (shin).
Fred VanVleet: day to day (illness), Pascal Siakam: out (adductor), Khem Birch: day to day (knee), Precious Achiuwa: out (ankle).
Piston: 32.2%, Raptor: 46.9%
Piston: 29.8%, Raptor: 28.9%
Piston: 8%, Raptor: 11 %
Piston: 43%, Raptor: 46%
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