The Toronto Raptors (12-19) travel to face off against the Detroit Pistons (2-29) on Saturday, December 30th. This game will be played at Little Caesars Arena. Both the Raptors and Pistons will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 6:00 ET.
Raptors vs Pistons
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Celtics with a final score of 120-118. Turning the tide, the Raptors picked up the win, overcoming a halftime deficit of 68-53.
As they prepare to face the Pistons, the Raptors are 12-19 this year. Looking at the Eastern Conference standings, they are currently 12th and are 5th in the Atlantic division.
Toronto comes in with an overall ATS record of 15-16 so far this season. The Raptors maintain an ATS record of 7-7 on the road, while they have a 8-9 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
The Pistons Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Most recently, the Pistons lost to the Celtics with a final score of 128-122. Heading into the second half, the Pistons were leading 66-47.
Heading into their matchup with the Raptors, the Pistons have an overall record of 2-29 and are hoping to end a 28 game losing streak. In Eastern Conference games, the Pistons are 2-20 and are 0-9 in non-conference games.
Detroit’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 11-19 for the season. The Pistons have a two game ATS win streak as underdogs, and they hold a 0-3 record against the spread when they are the favorites.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through 31 games the Raptors are averaging 113.2 points per contest, placing them 21st in the NBA. Coming into today’s game, the Raptors will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 11.5 made 3’s per game. If Toronto continues to struggle with their outside shot, they may look to start playing with more pace, as they are currently 18th in the league in possessions per game.
Pistons Offense Breakdown
This season, the Detroit offense is ranked 28th in the NBA in scoring at 109.7 points per game. Coming into today’s game, the Pistons will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 10 made 3’s per game. Not only is the Detroit offense struggling with their outside shot, but they are also getting to the charity stripe at a below average rate. So far, they are the 18th ranked team in made free-throws per contest.
Raptors Team Defense
At this time, the Raptors’ defense is positioned 16th in the NBA, permitting 114.5 points per game. Opponents are hitting 54.9% of their two-point field goal attempts this season, and they’re also connecting on 38.0% of their three-point attempts.
Pistons Team Defense
At present, the Pistons’ defense is ranked 25th, allowing 121.0 points per game. In their previous game, the Pistons’ defense struggled against the Celtics, giving up 128 points on a field goal percentage of 47%.
Key Players For The Raptors And Pistons
For today’s matchup, we project Pascal Siakam to lead the scoring for the Raptors, putting up 20 points and shooting at a rate of 8/13. For the season, he has been averaging 21.5 points per game, in addition to 6.6 rebounds.
As for Detroit, Cade Cunningham is projected to be the primary scorer for the Pistons. Our forecast has him finishing the game with 20, and adding 5 rebounds. Throughout the season, he has maintained a 44.9% field goal shooting rate and is averaging 23.3 points per game.
Raptors vs Pistons Trends
- Across the Raptors last ten road games, the team averaged 114 points per game while allowing 119. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 2-8 straight-up.
- When looking at their past ten home matchups, Detroit has an ATS record of 4-6 while averaging 109 per game. The team went 0-10 overall in these games.
- Looking back on the team’s last three games as the underdog, the Pistons have a straight up record of 0-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-1.
- Toronto has done well both straight up and vs the spread when favored to win the game, going 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS in their last five games.
For a point-spread bet in this Raptors vs. Pistons matchup, we’re leaning towards the Pistons at +4.5. Although our projections show the Raptors winning 111-107, we suggest placing your bet on the Pistons for the point-spread.
As for the over/under, the the line is currently at 230.5, and our model projects the Raptors and Pistons to reach a combined total of 218 points. Our bet is on taking the under.
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