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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons: Game preview, TV channel, injury report, start time

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Who's Playing

Matchup: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

Records: Raptors (49-20), Pistons (35-33)

Where to Watch

Date: March 17

Time: 4:00 p.m. ET


Radio: TSN Radio 1050 Toronto

Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Game Preview

On Sunday, the Raptors and Pistons meet for the third and final time this regular season.

The Pistons currently lead 2-0 in the season series. On Nov. 14, Reggie Bullock, who is now with the Lakers, made a shot at the buzzer to give Pistons head coach Dwane Casey a win in his return to Toronto. Earlier this month, on March 3, the Pistons defeated the Kawhi Leonard-less Raptors in overtime despite a season-high 35 points out of Kyle Lowry.

The Raptors could be without Lowry on Sunday, as he is listed as questionable with an ankle sprain. Backup guard Fred VanVleet is the only other Raptor who is questionable.

If VanVleet plays, it'll be his first action since Feb. 9, when he injured his left thumb in a win over the Knicks that required surgery. He has missed the last 12 games for the Raptors.

Serge Ibaka, meanwhile, will miss his second consecutive game after he was suspended for three games for his involvement in an on-court fight with Cavaliers forward Marquese Chriss.

For the Pistons, Reggie Jackson is listed as probable.


Blake Griffin has played well against the Raptors this season, posting averages of 28.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists over the two games.

Andre Drummond had a quiet 11 points and 12 rebounds in the first game, but he posted 15 points and 17 rebounds in the second.

The Pistons outscored the Raptors by 27 points with Drummond on the court in a game that was decided by only five points.

Despite a couple of ugly losses to the Nets and Heat, the Pistons have been one of the best teams in the league since All-Star Weekend. Not only are they 9-3, they have the sixth-best net rating (+5.1) in the NBA.

The Raptors are 6-4 since All-Star and have the ninth-best net rating (+2.8).

Last Time They Played

Date: March 3, 2019

Score: Raptors 107, Pistons 112 (OT)

Raptors: Kyle Lowry - 35 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Pistons: Blake Griffin - 27 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assists, 1 block

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