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#503 Toronto Raptors vs.
#504 Detroit Pistons
Friday, January 14, 2022 at 7:10pm EST
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Toronto Raptors will be going for their second consecutive road win when they face the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Raptors are coming off a 99-95 loss to Phoenix as 4.5-point underdogs. The Pistons are coming off a 133-87 loss to Chicago as 13.5-point underdogs.

Detroit is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Toronto.

Raptors Trying To Bounce Back From Loss

The Raptors had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Suns in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Pistons, which will give them their seventh win in their last eight games.

Toronto is averaging 107.8 points per game. They scored 95 points in their last game, making 40.4 percent of their field goals and 21.6 percent of their three-pointers.

OG Anunoby led the way for the Raptors with 25 points and two rebounds. Pascal Siakam finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and three steals, while Fred VanVleet added 21 points and five assists.

Toronto has played well defensively, giving up 106.4 points per game. They gave up 99 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.

Pistons Going For Third Win In Four Games

The Pistons had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Bulls in their last game. They will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Raptors, which will give them their third win in their last four games.

Detroit is averaging 101.2 points per game. They scored 87 points in their last game, making 33.7 percent of their field goals and 17.1 percent of their three-pointers.

Josh Jackson led the way for Detroit with 16 points and two rebounds. Saddiq Bey finished with 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists, while Isaiah Stewart added 11 points, seven rebounds and four blocks.

Detroit has struggled defensively, giving up 111.3 points per game. They gave up 133 points in their last game and won’t win too many games if they don’t play better.

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The Raptors have won six of their last seven games. They are usually a good defensive team, but they’ve been dominant in recent games, giving up less than 105 points per game in their last three games. They’ve also done a good job rebounding the ball and have very active hands with the team averaging 10 steals per game in their last three games. The Pistons have struggled offensively, making only 41 percent of their shots at home. They will be without Jerami Grant and Kelly Olynyk, two of their top four scorers, so expect them to struggle offensively in this game. The Raptors have also played well offensively, even on the road, where they are making 44 percent of their shots. They shoot the ball well from the free-throw line and don’t turn the ball over a lot. With the Pistons struggling defensively in their last three games, giving up more than 110 points per game, they will have a hard time slowing down the Raptors, so go with Toronto to cover the spread.

Prediction: Toronto Raptors -7.5

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The Raptors are averaging 107.8 points per game and 108.9 points per game on the road. They averaged 112.3 points per game in their last three games against the Pistons. With Detroit giving up 107.2 points per game at home, the Raptors will hit their average in this game. The Pistons are averaging 101.2 points per game and 102.3 points per game at home. They averaged 120.3 points per game in their last three games against the Raptors. With Toronto giving up 106.4 points per game, the Pistons won’t score enough points to push the score over the total.

Prediction: Under 213.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu , "Bosun Akinpelu"

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking and betting on winners for quite some time, so if you want to crush the books, then stick with Bosun.