The Toronto Raptors will play host to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night with both ball clubs looking to snap out of recent funks when this game goes down live from the Air Canada Centre at 7:30 PM ET. If you’re looking for some expert assistance with your NBA Lines analysis this week, let’s find out right now if Toronto can cover the NBA spread as a nearly double-digit home favorite in this affair.
Pistons vs. Raptors NBA Lines & Game Preview
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- When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7:30 PM ET
- Where: Air Canada Centre
- TV: FSD / SNL
- Radio: 97.1 FM (Detroit) / 610 AM (Toronto)
- NBA Lines: Toronto Raptors -8.5 (Over/Under at 212.5 points)
- All: Detroit Pistons 22-20 / Toronto Raptors 29-13
- Home: Detroit Pistons 13-6 / Toronto Raptors 15-3
- Away: Detroit Pistons 9-14 / Toronto Raptors 14-10
- ATS: Detroit Pistons 23-17-2 / Toronto Raptors 24-18
- Over/Under: Detroit Pistons 18-24 / Toronto Raptors 23-19
Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)
- Record: Toronto Raptors lead 6-4
- Score: Detroit Pistons 101.20 / Toronto Raptors 104.60
- Field Goal Percentage: Detroit Pistons 48.81 / Toronto Raptors 44.76
- Rebounds: Detroit Pistons 41.20 / Toronto Raptors 42.40
- 3 Point Shots: Detroit Pistons 74-211 / Toronto Raptors 82-258
- Steals: Detroit Pistons 6.50 / Toronto Raptors 6.50
Why Consider the Detroit Pistons NBA Lines?
Why consider betting on Detroit in this mid-week matchup? Well, because they’re getting a bunch of points and aren’t that that far behind Toronto in many aspects. The Pistons have dropped two straight and six of their last nine including their 118-107 home loss against Charlotte on Monday night despite getting 20 points apiece from Tobias Harris and Reggie Bullock.
“They crushed us on the glass,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Crushed us in the paint and that gave them the disparity at the free-throw line. They were just going at us and we didn’t offer much resistance whatsoever. Six-point lead at the half and then the first three defensive possessions of the second half set the tone. We did nothing and then they just got rolling and we weren’t up for the task. … We’ve got to get back to defending or we’re not going to win.”
Detroit has allowed at least 107 points in each of their last five losses.
“I think it’s something that we’ve been saying the last few games,” Pistons guard Avery Bradley said. “We kind of saw the writing on the wall that if we’re not going to defend then we’re not going to win.
- Total Score: 102.38
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.05
- Three-Point Percentage: 38.42
- Free Throw Percentage: 75.32
- Total Rebounds: 42.12
- Total Score: 101.86
- Field Goal Percentage: 46.56
- Three-Point Percentage: 37.41
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.59
- Total Rebounds: 42.74
Why Consider the Toronto Raptors NBA Lines?
Why consider betting on Toronto in this contest? Because the Raptors are playing at home and are statistically better than Detroit at both ends of the floor. The Raptors have lost two straight and three of their last five games and come into this contest off a humbling 117-111 loss against the improved 76ers on Monday.
DeMar DeRozan put up 24 points and five assists while Dorrell Wright added 20 points off the bench, but Toronto gave up a game-high 34 points and 11 rebounds to Sixers blossoming center Joel Embiid while allowing six Philly players to score in double figures.
“We didn’t start the game offensively moving the basketball, not crisply enough,” Raptors coach Dwayne Casey said after the game Monday. “We were turning down shots and taking tougher shots and that’s just not the way we play. I was afraid we were going to come out flat and (Philadelphia) was jacked up. We’ve got to get our motors going no matter who we play, it can’t just be for Cleveland or Golden State. It’s got to be every night and be consistent with that focus and alertness.”
- Total Score: 112.33
- Field Goal Percentage: 47.04
- Three-Point Percentage: 35.00
- Free Throw Percentage: 80.54
- Total Rebounds: 43.19
- Total Score: 104.62
- Field Goal Percentage: 45.27
- Three-Point Percentage: 34.83
- Free Throw Percentage: 77.54
- Total Rebounds: 42.17
Latest NBA Betting Trends
- Pistons are 2-3-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing Toronto
- Pistons are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Detroit’s last 19 games on the road
- Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games at home
- Raptors are 18-6 SU in their last 24 games
- The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto’s last 8 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While I like the Toronto Raptors to get the big win in this contest, mostly because they’re playing at home, I’m going to advise all of you NBA bettors to back the Detroit Pistons to cover the chalk simply because I think the 8.5-point spread is a few points too high.
I know the Raptors are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record, but Detroit has gone 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 road games against a team with a winning home record.
Last but not least, the road team in this series is 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings and the Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings in Toronto.
Pick: Detroit Pistons +8.5