Matchup: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons
Records: Raptors (46-17); Pistons (30-31)
Where to Watch
Date: March 3
Time: 6:00 p.m. ET
TV: TSN 2
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
It's hard to forget the first meeting between these two teams this season.
It was Dwane Casey's first time back in Toronto since being fired as the head coach after he led the Raptors to their best season in franchise history. His team battled for him as Blake Griffin went for 30 points and 12 rebounds while Reggie Bullock buried a shot at the buzzer to lead Detroit to victory.
Your game-winner, courtesy of @ReggieBullock35! #PistonsNow pic.twitter.com/0Bk49404Kn- Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) November 15, 2018
Bullock won't be there to save the day this time around since he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers at the trade deadline, but the Pistons have been just fine without the sharpshooter.
They have won eight of their last 10 games and find themselves 2.0 games ahead of the first team out of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.
Andre Drummond has been dominant during their recent stretch of success, averaging 21.3 points and 16.0 rebounds per game on 63.2 percent shooting from the field after essentially abandoning the 3-point shot he experimented with earlier this season.
As for the Raptors, they responded to a disappointing blowout loss to the Orlando Magic last Sunday by annihilating the Boston Celtics. They followed that with another quality win, edging the Portland Trail Blazers on a Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater.
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However, they will be without their superstar forward today due to precautionary rest.
Toronto star Kawhi Leonard will not play tonight at Detroit due to load management.- Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 3, 2019
The Raptors will try to expand upon their four-game road win streak, their second-longest road win streak this season.
• Toronto has won six of the last seven games versus the Pistons, with the one loss coming in their first meeting this season.
• The Raptors have not lost the season series versus the Pistons since 2011-12 - they have one more game in Detroit after this one.
• Toronto completed the month of February with an 8-1 record. This marked the team's 15th consecutive winning month since Feb. 2017, the longest current streak in the NBA.
• Kawhi Leonard (load management) is out.
• Fred VanVleet (thumb) remains out.
• Blake Griffin is on pace to become the first in Pistons history to average at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists in a single season.
• Andre Drummond is one of two players in the league - the other being Anthony Davis - to average at least 1.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game.
Last Time They Played
Date: Nov. 14, 2018
Score: Pistons 106, Raptors 104
Raptors: Kawhi Leonard - 26 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals
Pistons: Blake Griffin - 30 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals