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
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
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)
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.
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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