Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Friday, January 14, 2022
Venue: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
Where to Watch: BSDET
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Raptors NL, Pistons NL; Over/Under: NL points
Bet365: Point Spread: Raptors NL, Pistons NL; Over/Under: NL points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Raptors -7.5, Pistons +7.5; Over/Under: 214.5 points
Toronto Raptors: 20-18 (3rd place, Atlantic Division)
Detroit Pistons: 9-31 (5th place, Central Division)
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Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Preview and Analysis
Toronto Raptors: 7-3 last 10
Detroit Pistons: 4-6 last 10
Toronto Raptors Analysis
The Raptors are coming into this game with a 20-18 record overall and they are 8-7 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 6 of their last 7 games but they are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 6 game winning streak that they were on. Their 6 wins in that span were against the Los Angeles Clippers, the New York Knicks, the San Antonio Spurs, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Utah Jazz, and the New Orleans Pelicans while their loss came against the Phoenix Suns in their last game. OG Anunoby led the team in points in that game with 25 while Pascal Siakam was next on the team with 22 points. Fred VanVleet also scored 21 points in that one as well. Siakam led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Chris Boucher led the team in rebounds off the bench with 16. They were 40.4% from the field, 21.6% from 3-point range, and 60% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 107.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 106.4 PPG against them. The Raptors have an ATS record of 21-17 this season and their O/U record is 23-15.
Detroit Pistons Analysis
The Pistons are coming into this game with a 9-31 record overall and they are 6-13 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 2 of their last 3 games but are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a 2 game winning streak that they were on. Their 2 wins in that span were against the Orlando Magic and the Utah Jazz while their loss came against the Chicago Bulls in their last game. Josh Jackson led the team in points in that game off the bench with 16 while Saddiq Bey was next on the team with 14 points. Killian Hayes led the team in assists in that game with 5 while Hamidou Diallo, Isaiah Stewart, and Cade Cunningham all led the team in rebounds with 7 each. They were 33.7% from the field, 17.1% from 3-point range, and 77.8% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 101.2 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 111.3 PPG against them. The Pistons have an ATS record of 19-21 this season and their O/U record is 20-19-1.
Raptors vs Pistons Prediction
The Raptors are coming into this game as a 7.5 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. The Raptors have been playing very well recently, they won 6 straight games but are coming into this one off of a loss and they are going to be hungry for a win here. The Raptors have gotten healthy and they have been playing much better ever since then. They are going up against a Pistons side that has one of the worst records in the NBA and they are coming off of a bad loss where they lost by more than 40 points against the Bulls. The Raptors have actually played themselves into playoff contention when they were supposed to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season. Now that they have gotten into a rhythm they will be looking to keep their great play going and that means crushing a Pistons team that has been awful all season. The best bet to place in this game is on the Raptors to cover the spread as they have been playing much better recently and have been a more consistent team this season.
Raptors Pistons Prediction: Our NBA Pick for Friday, January 14, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Raptors 114 Pistons 94.
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NBA Betting Trends
Toronto Raptors: 8-2 O/U as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points. 23-15 O/U in all games. 13-7 O/U when the total is 210 to 219.5. 19-12 O/U as a road favorite. 10-5 O/U in road games. 21-15 O/U in January games. 14-7 O/U revenging a loss where the opponent scored 100 or more points.
Detroit Pistons: 25-14 O/U in January games. 21-15 O/U against Atlantic division opponents. 38-21 O/U after scoring 100 points or less. 7-13 ATS when the total is 210 to 219.5. 1-5 ATS off an embarrassing loss of 30 points or more to a division rival.
Toronto Raptors: G. Trent Jr. (SG) Ques Fri - Ankle injury. S. Barnes (SF) Ques Fri - Knee injury. G. Dragic (PG) Out indefinitely - Personal.
Detroit Pistons: I. Livers (PF) Ques Fri - Foot injury. B. Bol (C) Ques Fri - Acquired. C. Joseph (PG) Ques Fri - Knee injury. K. Olynyk (PF) Late Jan - Knee injury. F. Jackson (PG) Late Jan - Ankle injury. J. Grant (SF) Late Jan - Thumb injury.
"Give them credit. They're one of the best teams in the league for a reason. They closed us out there at the end, but I thought we had a good fight." - Fred VanVleet on their loss against the Suns on Tuesday night.
"I think it was a false positive. I tell everyone, get vaccinated and get boosted." - Dwane Casey on testing positive for covid-19 the other day.
PG Fred VanVleet
SG Gary Trent Jr.
SF OG Anunoby
PF Scottie Barnes
C Pascal Siakam
PG Killian Hayes
SG Cade Cunningham
SF Hamidou Diallo
PF Saddiq Bey
C Isaiah Stewart
PPG: F. VanVleet (22)
APG: F. VanVleet (6.6)
Reb/G: P. Siakam (8.3)
PPG: J. Grant (20.1)
APG: C. Cunningham (5.4)
Reb/G: I. Stewart (8.3)
Toronto Raptors: Nick Nurse (4th season)
Detroit Pistons: Dwane Casey (4th season)