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Raptors vs Pistons NBA Game Preview

Toronto RaptorsDetroit Pistons
March 16, 7:30 PM | The Palace of Auburn Hills

Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Odds

18-48TEAM RECORD23-44

The Pistons will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Raptors tip off at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday in NBA play.

The Pistons sport records of 23-44 and 36-31 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Raptors sit at 18-48 and 28-36-2 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 37-30 for the Pistons and 31-35 for the Raptors.

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Betting Line:
On the opening line for this matchup, the Pistons sat as 5-point favorites. The total had been pegged by the oddsmakers at 205.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Pistons at No. 27 and the Raptors at No. 28 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 96-94 result in favor of the Pistons.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Detroit's No. 24-ranked offense, averaging 96 PPG, against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 25 at 105 PPG. The Pistons field goal percentage has averaged 45.2% so far, less than the Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 46.6% per game.

In comparing how the teams stack up statistically, the Raptors own the league's No. 25-rated mark, allowing 107.1 points per game when on the road. Detroit, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in home scoring.

In their last action, Toronto was a 95-90 loser at home against the Bobcats. They failed to cover the 2–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (185) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. Andrea Bargnani scored 17 points in a failed effort to lead the Raptors to victory (they lost 95-90 to Charlotte at Air Canada Centre on Sunday).

The Pistons were a 131-101 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Nuggets. They failed to cover the 9.5–point spread as underdogs, while the total score (232) made winners of OVER bettors. Detroit was run off the court by the Nuggets on Saturday as Denver blasted them 131-101 at Pepsi Center.

Toronto Raptors Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Washington are 3-7
After playing Charlotte are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Detroit Pistons Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing New York are 5-5
After playing Denver are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

A few Raptors at Pistons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games when playing Detroit
Toronto is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Detroit
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Toronto's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit's last 5 games at home
Detroit is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing at home against Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Detroit's last 5 games when playing Toronto

Next up:
Toronto home to Washington, Friday, March 18
Detroit home to New York, Friday, March 18

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