Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 3/3/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
Odds/Point Spread: Detroit (+9.5)
The Toronto Raptors (17-17) host the Detroit Pistons (9-25) at Amalie Arena on Wednesday. Detroit opens this game as 9.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 215.
The Detroit Pistons stepped onto the hardwood against the New York Knicks and took a loss by a final of 109-90 in their last game. Detroit walked away from the contest with a 38.4% field goal percentage (28 out of 73) and knocked down 9 of 32 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Pistons converted 25 of their 31 attempts for a percentage of 80.6%. Concerning pulling down rebounds, they compiled 41 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 16 assists in the matchup while forcing 11 turnovers and getting 8 steals. With respect to defense, Detroit allowed the other team to shoot 51.2% from the floor on 44 out of 86 shooting. New York recorded 23 dimes and had 9 steals in the matchup. Furthurmore, New York snagged 41 boards (6 offensive, 35 defensive) and got 7 blocks. New York walked away from this one shooting 80.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 8 of their 10 shots. They also made 13 out of their 26 tries from distance.
Jerami Grant is one guy who was a contributor in this contest. He had 21 points on 7 out of 19 shooting. He played 30:56 minutes played and also collected 8 boards. Grant finished the contest at 36.8% from the field but wasn't able to get a dime. Another guy that played a role in this contest for the Pistons was Saddiq Bey. He had 5 rebounds in 31:58 minutes on the basketball court. He finished the game shooting 25.0% from the field for the contest by shooting 3-of-12 (10 points). Overall, Bey finished the game without a dime.
Detroit will enter this matchup with a mark of 9-25 for the season. The Pistons are shooting 34.7% on shots from 3-point land (422 of 1,217) and 77.7% from the charity stripe. They average 107.5 pts per game (25th in basketball) while hitting 43.8% from the field. They are turning it over 14.7 times per game and as a unit are committing 20.7 fouls every game. As a unit, Detroit is grabbing 42.7 rebounds per contest and is sitting with 811 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 21st in basketball in terms of passing. On the defensive end, the Pistons are forcing 15.0 turnovers every game and they draw 20.9 fouls. The Pistons are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.9% (511 of 710) and they relinquish 45.5 rebounds per contest as a group. They rank 19th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 855 conceded this season. They are giving up 37.6% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 14th in the NBA in opponents points per game (112.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the Toronto Raptors got the victory with a final of 122-111 when they played the Houston Rockets. The Raptors were able to collect 37 defensive boards and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 for this contest. They also turned it over 12 times, while recording 6 steals for the game. The Rockets earned 24 personal fouls for this contest which took the Raptors to the charity stripe for a total of 27 attempts. They were able to bury 26 of those for a clip of 96.3%. In terms of shots from beyond the perimeter, Toronto converted 16 of 41 tries (39.0%). At the conclusion of this game, the Raptors shot 40 out of 89 from the floor which had them shooting 44.9%. The Raptors permitted the Rockets to make 39 of 91 tries from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 42.9% in this contest. They finished shooting 34.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 16 of 47 and ended up shooting 17 out of 20 at the free throw line (85.0%). Concerning rebounds, Toronto allowed Houston to get 37 overall (7 on the offensive side).
Norman Powell ended up having an impact for the Raptors for this contest. He knocked down 10 out of 15 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 66.7%, and added 3 rebounds. Powell racked up 30 points in his 32:48 minutes on the hardwood and earned 1 assist in this matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Toronto was Fred VanVleet. He ended up with 4 dimes in 38:08 mins played, and he shot 6 out of 23 from the floor. VanVleet wrapped this one up going 26.1% from the floor while also totaling 25 points and 4 rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss record of 17-17 this season. The Raptors are responsible for committing 21.9 fouls per contest while shooting 83.2% from the free throw line. They are getting an assist 25.1 times per contest (15th in the NBA) and they turn the ball over 13.7 times per contest. Toronto has tallied 3,837 points for the campaign (112.9 per game) and they pull in 41.9 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Raptors are shooting 45.2% from the floor, which is 24th in basketball. The Raptors are ranked 8th in the NBA in points per game surrendered with 110.4. They are forcing their opponents into 16.4 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 45.2% from the floor (7th in basketball). The Toronto defense gives up 37.2% on three-point shots (475 of 1,277) and opponents are making 79.7% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 26.4 assists and 44.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which is ranked 27th and 20th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Detroit (+9.5)
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