Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors - 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 -6.5 -- Over/Under: 198.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSDT, TSN
The Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors open the 2016-17 NBA season Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Detroit Pistons hope to make the playoffs back-to-back seasons and have to like the direction Stan Van Gundy has his team heading. The Pistons will have to survive without Reggie Jackson for a while, but a trio of Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is good enough to keep Detroit afloat in the Eastern Conference. In order for the Pistons to take another step forward, they need consistent players out of Stanley Johnson and Ish Smith. The Pistons have the potential to be a top-four team in the East if everything goes right this season. The Detroit Pistons have won two of their last three regular season openers. Aron Baynes is questionable with a nose injury.
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The Toronto Raptors got over the hump last season by making the Eastern Conference Finals and know they need to have another great regular season to get back to point. A trio of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and DeMarre Carroll will once again make the Raptors a tough regular season team. However, as of right now, the Raptors are banged up with Jared Sullinger, Delon Wright and others on the injury list. The Raptors don’t have a ton of depth, especially after losing Bismack Biyombo, but Toronto has a strong starting five that’s shown it can carry the load most of the time. The Toronto Raptors have won their last three regular season openers. Terrence Ross and Lucas Nogueira are questionable.
The Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. The Pistons are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Even with some injuries, the Raptors are better than the Pistons and have shown just how hard it is to win in Toronto. Not having Jackson is also going to hurt the Pistons offense, as Detroit doesn't have a ton of shooting to begin with. At home, the Raptors should be able to cover this reasonable number.