Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors Predictions & Betting Odds - NBA Tips
December 18, 2019
Detroit Pistons Form
After a decent run of results of late, the Pistons slumped to a hugely disappointing 133-119 home-court loss to the struggling Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.
Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris led the way for Detroit with 22 points each, with Bruce Brown adding a further 20.
In mitigation, the Pistons were missing a couple of their injured stars in Blake Griffin (sore knee) and Andre Drummond (eye inflammation). It’s hoped that both players could be back in action against the Raptors here.
To date, the Pistons have averaged 109.3 points per game, while they have allowed 109.6 points per game. The Pistons have been getting 43 boards per game, while they have managed to get 25 assists per game.
This season to date, Detroit are at 7-7 on home-court.
Betting Odds - Winner
- Detroit Pistons to win at +165 (2.65) $50 Free Bet
- Toronto Raptors to win at -200 (1.50) $50 Free Bet
- Detroit Pistons to win at +195 (2.95) $200* Free Bet
- Toronto Raptors to win at -238 (1.42) $200* Free Bet
- Detroit Pistons to win at +165 (2.65) $250 Free Bet
- Toronto Raptors to win at -200 (1.50) $250 Free Bet
Toronto Raptors Form
The Raptors had little trouble in running out 133-113 home-court winners against the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday evening, with the NBA title holders setting a season-high in points in the process.
Pascal Siakam led the way for Toronto with 33 points, Norman Powell added 26 points and Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 11 assists. They also outscored Cleveland 29-4 in fast-break points.
That score highlighted the fact that the Raptors offense has generally been a little lacking this season, with them only averaging 111.7 points per game. Luckily that’s compensated by way of a defensive record that has seen them only allowing 105.7 points per game. In rebounds, Toronto is sitting at 46.3 boards per game, while they are getting 25.2 assists per game.
The Raptors are 7-5 on the road this season.
Player Match Up: Drummond v Siakam
The Pistons clearly missed Andre Drummond against the Wizards, so they will be hoping that he fit and available to return to face the Raptors.
Drummond leads Detroit in scoring, although only with a lowly 17.7 Points per Game (PPG). He’s averaging 16.6 rebounds per game (RPG) and is hitting 54.6% when shooting from the floor. He’s at 63.2% from the free throw line.
Siakam is now at 25.0 PPG, with an additional 8.2 rebounds per game (RPG). Pascal is 45.8 % while shooting from the floor and from the line he is at 81.3%.
When Pascal scores 30 or more points in a game, Toronto are 9-1 this season. With Detroit struggling for points themselves, if Siakam can reach the 30 point mark here, it should go a long way to taking the Raptors to victory.
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Pistons vs Raptors Betting Lines & Pick
The teams met previously at the end of October, with the Raptors running out 125-113 victors with the home-court advantage.
Looking at NBA betting tips for this game, the Pistons had won five of their previous seven games before that chastening defeat to the Wizards and yesterday’s loss could prove damaging to their confidence.
The Raptors have generally beaten the teams they have been expected to this season and with doubts still surrounding the availability of both Griffin and Drummond for Detroit, the best NBA bet here is to back the Raptors on the Point Spread -5.0 at -110 (1.90) with Mr Green.