Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Prediction, 3/29/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons
Date: Monday, March 29, 2021
Location: Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI
TV: Fox Sports Detroit
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (-5)
Little Caesars Arena is the venue where and the Detroit Pistons (12-33) will play the Toronto Raptors (18-27) on Monday. Detroit opens this matchup as 5-point dogs. The over/under is set at 219.
The Toronto Raptors faced off with the Phoenix Suns and went home with a loss by a final score of 104-100 in their last game. Toronto ended the game with a 41.1% field goal percentage (37 out of 90) and made 12 of 45 shots from beyond the arc. From the free throw line, the Raptors converted 14 of 16 shots for a percentage of 87.5%. In reference to grabbing boards, they earned 38 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also recorded 20 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 13 turnovers and earning 5 steals. Regarding defense, Toronto allowed 47.8% from the field on 43 out of 90 shooting. Phoenix earned 26 assists and had 4 steals for the game. Additionally, Phoenix pulled down 47 rebounds (9 offensive, 38 defensive) and earned 4 blocked shots. Phoenix ended up shooting 100.0% from the charity stripe by making 9 of their 9 tries. They also buried 9 out of their 36 attempts from distance.
Pascal Siakam is one guy who came through in this matchup. He had 26 points on 8 out of 17 shooting. He saw the court for 37:58 mins and totaled 11 rebounds. Siakam finished shooting 47.1% from the field and earned 6 assists. One more player that came through in this matchup for the Raptors was Fred VanVleet. He grabbed 4 rebounds in 39:23 min on the court. He finished 44.4% from the floor in this game by going 8-of-18 (22 points). When all was said and done, VanVleet accounted for 3 assists.
Toronto will take the court with a record of 18-27 this season. They currently have an average of 112.2 pts per contest (17th in the league) while hitting 44.7% from the floor. The Raptors are shooting 37.7% on three-point attempts (695 of 1,844) and 82.8% from the free throw line. As a team, Toronto is pulling down 41.0 rebounds per contest and has tallied 1,125 assists on the season, which ranks 16th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 13.5 times per contest and as a team they are committing 22.1 fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Raptors are able to force 16.4 turnovers every game while drawing 20.3 fouls. The Raptors defense is giving up an opponent FG percentage of 45.9% (737 of 915) and they surrender 46.1 boards per contest as a team. They are 27th in the league in giving up assists with 1,198 conceded so far this year. They concede 37.4% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 18th in basketball in points per game allowed (112.2).
For their last game, the Detroit Pistons took a defeat with a final score of 106-92 when they faced the Washington Wizards. The Pistons collected 36 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 43 in the game. They coughed up the ball 19 times, while earning 9 steals for this game. The Wizards committed 22 personal fouls for the contest which got the Pistons to the charity stripe for a total of 19 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 84.2%. When it comes to shooting from beyond the arc, Detroit converted 10 out of their 29 attempts (34.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Pistons walked away from this one shooting 33 out of 85 from the field which gave them a percentage of 38.8%. The Pistons allowed the Wizards to knock down 44 out of their 91 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 48.4% for this game. They wrapped up this game 42.9% from behind the 3-point line by connecting on 9 out of 21 and finished the game at 9 of 9 at the charity stripe (100.0%). When discussing rebounds, Detroit allowed Washington to snag 48 in all (7 on the offensive glass).
Wayne Ellington ended up being a factor for the Pistons in this game. He converted 5 out of 10 in this matchup for a rate of 50.0%, and had 2 rebounds. Ellington tallied 15 points in his 26:12 minutes on the hardwood and accounted for 1 assist in this contest. Someone else that played a role for Detroit was Mason Plumlee. He came away with 1 assist in his 26:32 mins played, and he knocked down 4 of 9 from the floor. Plumlee ended up shooting 44.4% from the field while also notching 11 points and 8 total rebounds.
Detroit has a win-loss mark of 12-33 for the season. On the offensive side of the court, the Pistons are hitting on 44.3% from the floor, which is 27th in the NBA. Detroit has 4,812 points for the season (106.9 per game) and they average 42.7 boards per contest. They are assisting teammates 24.1 times per game (20th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.6 times per game. The Pistons are committing 20.4 fouls every game while shooting 77.0% from the charity stripe. The Pistons on the defensive end are ranked 10th in the NBA in points given up per game with 110.9. They are forcing 14.8 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 47.7% from the field (26th in the NBA). The Detroit defense allows 37.3% on 3-point attempts (531 of 1,422) and their opposition makes 76.2% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 24.8 dimes and 44.6 boards per game, which ranks 17th and 20th in the league.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Toronto (-5)
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