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Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors - 3/17/19 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons
Date & Time Sunday March 17, 2019, 4:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Little Caesars Arena
Detroit, Michigan
The Line
The Line: Detroit Pistons +2.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FSDT, TSN
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NBA | Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons
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The Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons meet Sunday in NBA action at the Little Caesars Arena.

The Toronto Raptors look for another win after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 108.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27 points and 7.4 rebounds while Pascal Siakam is averaging 16.4 points and 6.9 rebounds. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Kyle Lowry is dishing 9.1 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last eight road games.

The Detroit Pistons look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Detroit Pistons are averaging 107.2 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 107.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Blake Griffin is averaging 24.7 points and 7.6 rebounds while Andre Drummond is averaging 17.4 points and 15.3 rebounds. Reggie Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Wayne Ellington is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Detroit Pistons are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Detroit Pistons are allowing 34.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game. The Detroit Pistons have won their last eight home games.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Pistons are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 home games, 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings in Detroit and the over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Detroit. The under is 4-1 in Pistons last 5 overall. The over is 3-0-1 in Raptors last 4 road games.

The Detroit Pistons have beaten the Raptors twice this season, which includes an overtime win when they met a couple of weeks ago. The Raptors also are heading into this game banged up and could be without three key players due to injury. The Detroit Pistons have played their best ball by far at home where they've won eight straight and are winning by an average of 2.9 points, despite shooting a worse percentage than their opponents. Even without Lowry and others, the Raptors are the better team, so I don't feel great about this game. However, I'll still take the free bucket if forced to pick. 

Pick:
Detroit Pistons +2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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