Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons - 10/26/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Detroit Pistons (44-42) at Toronto Raptors (66-36)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7.5 -- Over/Under: 195 See the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors duke it out at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.
The Pistons will be looking to build on their success from last season as they finished with a 44-38 record which was good for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, the Pistons were unable to advance past the first round as they were swept by the Cavaliers but they’ll be looking to get back into the playoffs and they have the roster to achieve that. Andre Drummond will be a beast in the paint once again while Tobias Harris has now had a full offseason with his new team and he’ll be better for it. The only major injury concern for the Pistons is Reggie Jackson who is expected to be out for weeks with a sore knee, so it will be Ish Smith who will start in his place.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors finished last season with a franchise-record 56-26 overall record which was good for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto snuck past the Pacers and the Heat in two thrilling seven-game series before pushing the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, so they certainly have plenty to be proud of. However, they’ll be looking for more this season and with their core still intact; I’ll be expecting them to finish near the top of the standings once again.
In ATS trends, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last five against the NBA Atlantic, while the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 against the NBA Central.
Head to head, the Pistons are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and the road team is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings overall.
The Pistons seem to have the advantage over the Raptors when looking at recent ATS trends, but I’m sticking with the Raptors to get their season started with a win at home against a Pistons team playing with a backup point-guard.