Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Predictions, Betting Lines & Picks
- The Toronto Raptors have a single win in their last ten games!
- The Detroit Pistons are struggling as well, winning just two of their last ten.
- The Raptors and Pistons have split their last four meetings.
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The Pistons have won their last two meetings with the Raptors, owing to a better than usual three-point shooting percentage. The Raptors lost their match in the clutch in their last game, but their three-point defence was much better.
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How to Watch Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons
|Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Information|
|What||Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons|
|Where||Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan|
|When||8:00 PM EST, March 29th, 2021|
|How to Watch||Sportsnet, Fox Sports Detroit|
Head-to-Head: Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons
|Toronto Raptors||Head-to-Head||Detroit Pistons|
|Nick Nurse||Head Coach||Dwane Casey|
|18-28 (11th in East)||Standing||12-33 (15th in East)|
|112.6 (14th of 30)||Off Rtg||108.2 (25th of 30)|
|112.6 (17th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.2 (16th of 30)|
|99.7 (12th of 30)||Pace||97.4 (23rd of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|P. Siakam, F. Vanvleet (20.1)||PPG||J. Grant (23.0)|
|P. Siakam (7.4)||RPG||M. Plumlee (9.5)|
|K. Lowry (7.4)||APG||D. Smith (3.9)|
|F. Vanvleet (1.8)||SPG||D. Smith (1.1)|
|C. Boucher (1.9)||BPG||J. Grant (1.1)|
|D. Bembry (.534)/P. Siakam (7.3)||FG%/FGM||M. Plumlee (.603)/J. Grant (7.5)|
|P. Watson (.455)/F. Vanvleet (3.4)||3P%/3PM||R. McGruder (.458)/W. Ellington (2.8)|
TOR: Four Quarters of Effort
If there were a word that could describe the Toronto Raptors’ season, it would be “almost”. They clearly have the talent to run with a number of teams, but struggle to close out games.
In their recent loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, the Raptors squandered a six-point half-time lead by only scoring ten points in the third quarter. They only made four field goals in the quarter, all at the rim.
These are moments where the Raptors must lean on Pascal Siakam and Fred Vanvleet. They were given the superstar contracts, but they fail to follow-through when their team needs them most.
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DET: Bench Production and Shooting
The Pistons have handled the Toronto Raptors in their two meetings this season. Much of that is owed bench production and shooting, something they’ll need when they meet their cross-border rivals again.
In their two matches against Toronto this season, the Detroit Pistons have shot 32 of 70 from three and have averaged 43 bench points per game.
The Pistons have some pieces missing for this upcoming game, but they’ve been able to step up in past meetings with Toronto. Whether or not Jerami Grant makes an appearance is still up in the air, so Dwane Casey will look to veterans Mason Plumlee and Wayne Ellington to lead the line.
Raptors Key Player: (F-C) Chris Boucher
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 28, 2021
Canadian international Chris Boucher may be slight, but he overcomes his physical limitations with heart and effort. He was massive in the Raptors’ last meeting with the Pistons, something head coach Nick Nurse will hope he can build on.
Last time the Raptors met the Pistons, Boucher posted 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, and four blocks. In his most recent game, Boucher had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and one block on six of eight shooting from the field.
The Pistons, like Toronto, don’t play a traditional center so Boucher should thrive. If he can make up for the points lost from the Norman Powell trade, the Raptors have a chance against their rivals.
Pistons Key Player: (F) Saddiq Bey
Saddiq Bey continues his hot shooting from beyond the arc, and is on track to soon hold the record of most 3-point shots made by a rookie in team history! Be sure to tune in for the rest of tonight’s action on FOX Sports Detroit. #DetroitUp pic.twitter.com/xtsLOrWz6X
— FOX Sports Detroit (@FOXSportsDet) March 25, 2021
Pistons rookie forward Saddiq Bey has certainly had an up-and-down rookie season, but he’ll look to take a step forward against the Toronto Raptors.
In his last meeting with the Raptors, Bey had one of his best performances of the season. The rookie posted 28 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and two steals – all while shooting an ultra-efficient 83.3% from the field.
Bey’s energy from the wing position is an issue for the undersized Toronto Raptors. Bey could once again be a game-changer.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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