Toronto Raptors @ Detroit Pistons Free Betting Tip March 24th

I was correct on my last Raptors free betting tip as the Raptors (-12.5) notched a 106-89 victory at home versus the Knicks on Sunday. I am now 28-28 in Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 42-28 Toronto Raptors travel to Detroit to face the 26-44 Pistons.

(42-28) Toronto Raptors @ (26-44) Detroit Pistons

 

Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Greivis Vasquez  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – Terrence Ross  PF – Amir Johnson

Detroit – PG – Reggie Jackson  SG – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  C – Andre Drummond  SF – Caron Butler  PF – Anthony Tolliver

Stats Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 19.3  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.7  APG – Kyle Lowry 6.9

Detroit – PPG – Greg Monroe 16.0  RPG – Andre Drummond 13.3  APG – Reggie Jackson 8.3

Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)

Toronto – PF – 104.3 (4th)  PA – 101.2 (22nd)

Detroit – PF – 98.0 (20th)  PA – 99.6 (15th)

Overview:

The Toronto Raptors have won 3 of their last 4 games. On Sunday they scored a 106-89 win at home versus the New York Knicks. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan led the way with 23 points on 8 of 15 shooting in 36 minutes. He was 6 of 6 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He was 6 of 12 from the field and 5 of 5 from the free throw line in 27 minutes. Backup power forward Tyler Hansbrough scored 18 points on 7 of 8 shooting in 18 reserve minutes. He was 4 of 5 from the foul line. He also had 5 rebounds. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams netted 13 points on 4 of 11 shooting in 27 minutes. He was 4 of 5 from the free throw line. He also had 4 assists. Point guard Greivis Vasquez contributed with 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting in 34 minutes. Small forward Terrence Ross chipped in with 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting in 31 minutes. The team shot 52% from the field, 36.4% from the 3 point line (4-11), and 82.8% from the free throw line (24-29). They out-rebounded the Knicks 44-38. The Raptors out-scored their opposition 56-41 in the 1st half.  Toronto is 18-16 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back. They are 11-4 in the 1st game of a back to back so far this season. Tomorrow night they play at home versus the Chicago Bulls.

The Detroit Pistons have won 3 of their last 4 games. On Sunday they grabbed a 105-97 overtime win at Boston. Shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the team in scoring with 27 points on 10 of 20 shooting in 44 minutes. He was 3 of 8 from the 3 point line and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He also had 8 rebounds. Center Andre Drummond had a double-double with 18 points and 22 rebounds. He was 8 of 17 from the field and 2 of 11 from the foul line in 40 minutes. Point guard Reggie Jackson missed a triple-double by 1 rebound as he scored 17 points, dished out 11 assists, and pulled down 9 rebounds. He was 5 of 13 from the field and 7 of 8 from the free throw line in 37 minutes. Backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks chipped in with 14 points and 5 rebounds. He was 5 of 8 from the field and 3 of 4 from the free throw line in 34 minutes off the bench. The team shot 43.8% from the field, 34.6% from the 3 point line (9-26), and 60% from the free throw line (18-30). They were out-rebounded 59-56 in the game. The Pistons were down 6 points after 3 quarters but outscored the Celtics 25-19 in the 4th to force overtime. In overtime they outscored the C’s 17-9. Detroit is 14-21 at home this season. After tonight they play 4 of their next 5 games on the road. Their next game is Friday at the Orlando Magic.

Toronto leads the season series with Detroit 2-1. On December 19th the Raptors secured a 110-100 road victory, on January 12th the Pistons held on for a 114-111 road win, and on January 25th the Raptors notched a 114-110 home win. Tonight is the final meeting of the season between the 2 teams.

Prediction:

The Raptors lead the the Bulls by percentage points for the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs race. So, each game the rest of the way is going to mean something. The Pistons have the collective talent to be a decent team they just haven’t put it altogether this season. Take the Raptors -2.5 (1.90) (Bet365)

 

March 24, 2015 by : Posted in Basketball No Comments
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