Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors - 3/3/22 NBA Picks and Prediction
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Toronto Raptors (34-27) vs Detroit Pistons (15-47)
Game Info: Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)
Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors -8.5 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Detroit Pistons and the Toronto Raptors duke it out at the Scotiabank Arena on Thursday night.
The Detroit Pistons have come to life with three wins in their last five games overall, but they will be hoping to bounce back after getting stopped by the Wizards in a 116-113 road loss on Tuesday. Jerami Grant led the team with 26 points, Cade Cunningham added 20 points with nine rebounds and five assists while Saddiq Bey chipped in with 19 points. As a team, the Pistons shot 47 percent from the field and eight of 27 from the 3-point line as they rallied back from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game late, but they went ice-cold when it mattered and allowed the Wizards to slip away on free throws in a close finish.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in a bit of a rut as they’ve lost four of their last seven games overall, but they will be gunning for a third straight victory after outlasting the Nets in a 109-108 home win on Tuesday. Gary Trent Jr. led the team with 24 points and seven assists, Pascal Siakam scored 18 points with eight rebounds and six assists, Scottie Barnes tallied 18 points with 10 rebounds and four assists while Malachi Flynn chipped in with 15 points and eight assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 45 percent from the field and seven of 23 from the 3-point line as they struggled to get going and trailed in this one by 10 points late in the third quarter, before going on a decisive 10-0 run late in the fourth quarter to escape with the unlikely victory.
Looking at the betting trends, the Pistons are 5-0 ATS in their last five games as an underdog and 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall. The Raptors are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last nine games against a team below .400 and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall.
Head to head, the over is 21-7-1 in the last 29 meetings in Toronto, the Pistons are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Toronto and the Pistons are 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings overall.
The Pistons are going to be without Marvin Bagley once again, but Hamidou Diallo is expected to return for this one, while the Raptors are sweating on the availability of OG Anunoby and Fred VanVleet who are both listed as questionable. These two teams have already met twice this season with the Pistons winning on both occasions, so while I have the Raptors getting the win, I think the Pistons hang around long enough to get the cover in this spot.
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