Detroit Pistons @ Toronto Raptors Free Tip January 25th

I was incorrect on my last Raptors free tip as the Raptors (-12.5) did grab the win, but only by 5, 91-86 at Philadelphia on Friday night. I am now 16-14 in Raptors free tips. Tonight the 28-15 Toronto Raptors host the 17-27 Detroit Pistons.

(17-27) Detroit Pistons @ (28-15) Toronto Raptors

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Probable starting line-ups:

Detroit – Point Guard – D.J. Augustin  Shooting Guard – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  C- Andre Drummond  Small Forward – Kyle Singler  Power Forward – Greg Monroe

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – Greivis Vasquez  PF – Amir Johnson

Stats Leaders:

Detroit – Points Per Game – Brandon Jennings 15.4  Rebounds Per Game – Andre Drummond 13.0  Assists Per Game – Brandon Jennings  6.6

Toronto – PPG – Kyle Lowry 19.8  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.4  APG – Kyle Lowry 7.4

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Detroit – Points For (Per Game) – 97.9 (21st)  Points Against (Per Game) – 99.9 (17th)

Toronto – PF – 105.6 (5th)  PA – 100.6 (20th)

Overview:

I don’t have a lot of time today for my normal longer overview due to the game starting soon. The Detroit Pistons have lost 2 of their last 3 games. The Pistons are on 10-12 the road this season. They are 5-5 versus Atlantic division opponents. They are in 4th place in the Central division, 11 games behind the leading Bulls. This is is the 2nd game of a back to back. Last night they were defeated 101-86 at Milwaukee. They are 4-6 in the 2nd game of a back to back this season. The Toronto Raptors have won 2 of their last 3 games. The Raptors are 16-7 at home this season. They are 5-5 versus Central division opponents. They are the Atlantic division leaders, 10.5 games ahead of the trailing Nets. Their next game is Tuesday at Indiana.

Detroit and Toronto split their first 2 meetings this season with the Raptors winning 110-100 at Detroit on December 19th and the Pistons winning 114-111 at Toronto on January 12th. After tonight the 2 teams play 1 more this season, March 24th at Detroit.

Prediction:

The Pistons lost point guard Brandon Jennings last night to a torn achilles and as a result he’s done for the season. That will be weighing heavily on their minds tonight and I don’t think we’ll see the same Pistons team we’ve seen the past couple weeks. The Raptors will dominate at home. Take the Raptors -8 (1.90) (Bet365)

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