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Raptors vs. Pistons - 1/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Detroit Pistons (13-24) at Toronto Raptors (25-11)

NBA Basketball: Monday, January 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 207 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSDT, TSN2

The Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors play Monday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The Detroit Pistons have won eight of their last nine games and play their fourth road game of the month. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 97.3 points on 42.6 percent shooting and are allowing 99.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 14.9 points and 9.7 rebounds while Brandon Jennings is averaging 14.3 points and 6.5 assists. Andre Drummond is grabbing 13 rebounds and D.J. Augustin is shooting 38.2 percent from the field. The Detroit Pistons have improved their offense drastically since the release of Josh Smith, as they’re averaging 105.6 points in their last five games. The Pistons are playing with great confidence and are starting to feel like they can be a playoff team in the East if they can continue this play.

Raptors vs. Pistons - 1/12/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Toronto Raptors have lost four of their last five games and play their third home game of the month. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 107.7 points on 46 percent shooting and are allowing 101.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.7 points and 7.6 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 15.1 points and 1.7 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.5 rebounds and Terrence Ross is shooting 42 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors are struggling defensively during this stretch, as they’re allowing 48.3 percent shooting in their last five games. The Raptors have lost five of their last six games when allowing 100-plus points. The Toronto Raptors are 15-4 SU this season on their home court.

The Pistons are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 16-36 ATS in their last 52 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. NBA Central and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Toronto and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings overall.

This line is a little too much respect for the Pistons and their turnaround. The Raptors are still one of the top teams in the East and are tough to beat at home. I'm not sold completely on the Pistons here. 

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Toronto Raptors -5.5

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