Detroit Pistons (22-20) at Toronto Raptors (29-13)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -8.5 -- Over/Under: 211 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors do battle at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday night.
The Detroit Pistons have been in a bit of a slump as they've lost five of their last seven games and they will be hoping to snap a two-game skid after falling to the Hornets in a 118-107 home loss on Monday. Tobias Harris and Reggie Bullock each scored 20 points apiece, Ish Smith added 19 points with 10 assists while Anthony Tolliver chipped in with 17 points off the bench. As a team, the Pistons shot 49 percent from the field and 15 of 29 from the three-point line but it still wasn't enough to get past the Hornets as they just couldn't keep up in the second half where they were outscored by 68-51 after taking a six-point lead going into halftime. Andre Drummond was a non-factor as he finished with just three points on one of seven shooting so he'll look to bounce back. With the loss, Detroit fell to 22-20 on the season and 13-6 at home where they had won five straight before Monday.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have really cooled off since their five-game win streak as they've now lost three of their last four after falling to the 76ers by 117-111 on Monday. DeMar DeRozan led hte team with 24 points and five assists, Dorrell Wright provided the spark off the bench with 20 points but Kyle Lowry had just 13 points on three of 16 shooting. As a team, the Raptors shot 40 percent from the field and nine of 32 from the three-point line but they just left themselves too much ground to make up after falling behind by as many as 21 points. With the loss, Toronto dropped to 29-13 overall and 14-10 on the road where they were riding a three-game win streak before their loss on Monday.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 A TS in their last five games following a double-digit loss at home and 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games. Meanwhile, the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five home games against a team with a losing road record, 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 8-1 ATS in their last nine games playing on one days' rest.
Head to head, the over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings, the road team is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.
The road team has covered in nine of the last 12 meetings, but the Raptors have covered in four of the last five meetings at home. These two teams have yet to meet this season but I'm expecting this one to be close as the Pistons have fared well against teams with winning records while the Raptors have been solid at home all season. I like the Raptors to get the win, but I think the value is with the Pistons and the points in this one.