Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/17/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-4.5)
The Toronto Raptors (17-22) travel to Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday where they'll meet the Detroit Pistons (10-29). Detroit opens this contest as 4.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 227.
The Toronto Raptors took the court against the Chicago Bulls and took a loss by a final of 118-95 in their last contest. Toronto ended having earned a 37.8% field goal percentage (34 of 90) and made 12 of their 45 three-point shots. At the free throw line, the Raptors buried 15 of 21 shots for a rate of 71.4%. In terms of rebounding, they earned 38 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also dished out 23 assists in the game as well as creating 11 turnovers and earning 5 steals. In reference to defending, Toronto allowed their opponent to shoot 45.4% from the field on 44 of 97 shooting. Chicago earned 35 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. Moreover, Chicago collected 60 rebounds (14 offensive, 46 defensive) and added 7 rejections. Chicago ended up going 78.3% when shooting free throws by making 18 of their 23 tries. They also converted 12 out of their 44 shots from beyond the arc.
Norman Powell is one guy who was a major contributor in this contest. He was able to score 32 points on 13 of 22 shooting. He played 37:00 minutes and collected 4 rebounds. Powell ended up shooting 59.1% from the field and also earned 5 dimes. Another guy that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Raptors was Kyle Lowry. He had 5 rebounds in 36:35 min on the basketball court. He shot 35.3% from the field in the game by going 6-of-17 (20 points). At the conclusion of this game, Lowry accounted for 8 assists.
Toronto will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 17-22 so far this year. They turn it over 13.7 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 21.9 fouls per contest. As a unit, Toronto is snagging 41.6 boards per game and has totaled 978 assists on the year, which is 13th in the NBA in terms of passing the rock. The Raptors are hitting 38.0% on 3-point shots (601 of 1,581) and 82.9% from the free throw line. They are averaging 112.5 points per contest (17th in basketball) while shooting 44.8% from the floor. Defensively, the Raptors are able to force 16.4 turnovers per game and they draw 20.4 personal fouls. The Raptors are allowing a shooting percentage of 45.8% (639 of 794) and they concede 45.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 28th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,046 surrendered on the year. They are giving up 37.5% on shots from distance while they are 18th in the NBA in PPG allowed (112.0).
For their last game, the Detroit Pistons went home defeated by a final of 109-99 when they faced the San Antonio Spurs. The Pistons collected 26 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive boards for a total of 34 for the game. They also coughed up the ball 8 times, while getting 9 steals in the matchup. The Spurs committed 23 personal fouls in this game which got the Pistons to the charity stripe for a total of 25 shots. They were able to knock down 14 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 56.0%. In regard to shots from beyond the arc, Detroit converted 7 of their 25 attempts (28.0%). Overall, the Pistons went 39 out of 83 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 47.0%. The Pistons permitted the Spurs to bury 47 of their 83 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.6% for this game. They finished 48.0% from distance by going 12 of 25 and ended up shooting 3 out of 5 at the free throw line (60.0%). In relation to team rebounding, Detroit allowed San Antonio to pull down 45 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Jerami Grant ended up having an impact for the Pistons for the game. He made 4 out of 9 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 44.4%, and accumulated 1 rebound. Grant earned 14 points in his 26:43 minutes on the hardwood and totaled 2 dimes for this contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Detroit was Rodney McGruder. He ended up finishing with 1 assist in his 24:52 mins on the court, and he shot 5 of 10 from the floor. McGruder ended up shooting 50.0% from the field while contributing 13 points and 1 rebound.
Detroit has a mark of 10-29 so far this year. The Pistons are responsible for committing 20.3 fouls every game and they hit 76.7% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 24.3 times per contest (19th in the NBA) and they turn it over 14.4 times per contest. Detroit has accounted for 4,183 points so far this season (107.3 per contest) and they snag 42.6 rebounds per contest. In terms of offensive execution, the Pistons are shooting 44.2% from the field, which is 27th in basketball. The Pistons are ranked 11th in the league in points given up per game with 111.3. They give up 25.0 dimes and 44.9 rebounds every game, which ranks them 19th and 20th in the NBA. The Detroit defense concedes 37.2% on shots from distance (459 of 1,234) and opponents are converting on 75.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 14.9 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 48.0% from the floor (28th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-4.5)
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