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2017 Has Not Been Easy on the Slumping Raptors

Just like a few of the other top teams in the Association, the Raptors have experienced a serious regression since the turn of the new year and they’ve dropped from second place in the East, all the way to fourth. They’ll host the 25-29 Pistons this evening looking to get the train back on the tracks before All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

SHARK BITES
  • The Pistons are 4-11 SU and 5-10 ATS on the road against teams from the Eastern Conference.
  • The Raptors beat the Pistons by 18 points in their only other meeting this season.
  • The total has gone OVER in 18 of the Raptors 27 games at the Air Canada Centre this season.

Eight of the last 10 matchups in this series have gone OVER but that doesn’t mean you should expect a barnburner tonight. The Raptors’ offense has slowed down significantly since they came flying out of the gates and are now averaging just 105.6 points per game in the month of February. Toronto has thrived all season when its offense has been the feature but as their 0-6 record in the Raps’ last 6 games when they fail to score 100 points indicates – when they don’t score, they lose.

This problem could come to a head this evening when they take on the Pistons and their fifth-best scoring defense. The Dinos have a tough time imposing their pace on other teams and often fall into the trap of playing to the speed of their opponent. If that happens tonight and they allow themselves to be dragged into the mud, the Raps are in trouble of posting a 13th loss in 2017.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Detroit Pistons listed as 5.5-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 213.5 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

Odds Shark computer prediction formulas pick a 107-104 win for the Raptors on Sunday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors currently sport a record of 32-22, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 31-22-1 ATS. The Detroit Pistons are 25-29 and 25-29 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Raptors post a 32-21-1 OVER/UNDER record this season, while the Pistons have gone 27-27 against the total number of points scored. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Detroit injuries news.

The Raptors - Pistons betting odds would favor the Raptors if the lines were set according to power rankings. Toronto is rated No. 11 in our latest Odds Shark poll, while the Detroit Pistons sit at No. 14.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Toronto's No. 5-ranked offense averaging 109.22 PPG, against a Detroit Pistons defense that ranks No. 5 at 101.89 PPG. The Toronto Raptors field goal percentage has averaged 46.49% so far, more than the Detroit Pistons shooters have achieved on the year, 45.64% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Pistons got 16 points from Tobias Harris, but it was San Antonio that prevailed in a 103-92 final on Friday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Raptors wasted a 30-point performance from DeMar DeRozan as Minnesota ran past them 112-109 on Wednesday at Target Center.

Betting Trends
  • Detroit is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Detroit is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Detroit's last 11 games
  • Detroit is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Toronto is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
  • Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Toronto is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games at home
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Detroit at Milwaukee, Monday, February 13th
Toronto at Chicago, Tuesday, February 14th

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