Toronto Raptors (17-31) vs Detroit Pistons (17-31)
NBA: Friday, January 31, 2020 7:00 PM (Little Caesars Arena)
ML: Raptors -190, Pistons +160, Over/Under 222.5 (MyBookie)
Odds: Raptors -4.5 (MyBookie)
The Toronto Raptors had an easy time against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday, winning the game 115-109. Pascal Siakam was close to having a 5 by 5 on the night, earning 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 steals, and a block. Only two players who saw the court didn’t earn at least 8 points on the night and only one player had a field goal percentage below 41.7%.
The Detroit Pistons were completely dominated by the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday, losing 115-125. Andre Drummond did what he normally does and earned a Double-Double on the night with 13 rebounds and 12 points. Christian Wood came off the bench and almost had a Double-Double on the night, but still had a good game, earning 20 points and 8 rebounds. But this is just another day of Detroit wanting to forget this game ever happened.
The Raptors have been quietly climbing the ranks in the NBA since beating the Thunder on January 15th. The Raptors are currently 4th in 3-pointer percentage, 9th in assists per game, 2nd in steals per game, and 4th in +/- percentage. Furthermore, they rank at least 19th in every other major category. Not only that, but Toronto has been on a 9-game winning streak since their loss to the spurs.
To keep things plain and simple, Detroit doesn’t know how to win without Drummond. Hell, they don’t even know how to win with Drummond. The Pistons have yet to win 10 game either at home or away. Even the Wizards have won 10 home games, and they only have Bradley Beal currently. It blows my mind how the Pistons are still in the playoff race somehow.
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Toronto’s last 9 games.
Toronto are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games against Detroit.
Toronto are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games on the road.
Detroit are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Detroit’s last 5 games.
Detroit are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
In no way, shape, or form should the Pistons have any chance of winning today. The only chance that the Pistons have to possibly win is if Drummond and Rose have a career day today, and I don’t see that happening. The Raptors should blow out the Pistons and extend their win streak to 10.