Pistons vs. Raptors - 12/19/14 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (20-6) at Detroit Pistons (5-21)
NBA Basketball: Friday, December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
The Line: Detroit Pistons +7 -- Over/Under: 200.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sportsnet One, FSDE+
The Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons square off Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last nine games and play their fifth road game of the month. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 107.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 98.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Kyle Lowry is averaging 19.6 points and 7.8 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 14.4 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing nine rebounds and Terrence Ross is shooting 44.6 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors remain one of the better offensive teams in the league, as they’re shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc in their last five games and have won 15 of their last 18 games SU when topping 100 points. Three of the Raptors six losses this season have come on the road.
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The Detroit Pistons have split their last four games and are the third-worst team in the East. On the season, the Pistons are averaging 93.8 points on 41.1 percent shooting and are allowing 100.5 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Greg Monroe is averaging 14.5 points and nine rebounds while Josh Smith is averaging 13.2 points and 4.7 assists. Brandon Jennings is racking up 6.2 assists and Andre Drummond is grabbing 12.3 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons continue to struggle offensively, scoring less than 100 points in four of their last six games and shooting just 30.8 percent from deep in their last five contests. At this point, the Pistons are entering tanking mode for a top draft pick. The Pistons two home victories are the second-fewest in the NBA.
The Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Pistons are 16-37 ATS in their last 53 home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Detroit and 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
The Raptors have owned the Pistons against the number the last couple of seasons and that shouldn't change with the way both teams have been playing. The Pistons are brutal and I doubt they can hang with the best team in the East. Look for Toronto to win by double digits.