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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons: Game preview, injury report, TV channel and odds

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Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons

Records: Raptors (18-28), Pistons (12-33)

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Where to Watch

Date: Monday, March 29

Time: 8:00 p.m. ET

TV: Sportsnet

Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI

Game Preview

For the third time this month - and the final time in the 2020-21 season - the Raptors are set to face the Pistons.

While the Pistons are owners of the East's worst record and the league's second-worst record, they have gotten the best of the Raptors in each of the first two meetings. Toronto, which has lost 13 of its last 15 games, is in desperate need of a win in order to stay in the East's playoff picture and avoid a sweep at the hands of one of the conference's weaker teams.

It won't be an easy task for the Raptors, who take the floor for the second end of a back-to-back on Monday night. Toronto is coming off of a hard-fought five-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in which a lowly third quarter proved to be costly on a night where Kyle Lowry was not in action.

TAKEAWAYS: Blazers hold on for narrow win over Raptors

In the loss to Portland, Pascal Siakam turned in yet another solid performance with 26 points (on 8-for-16 shooting) and eight rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Over the last four games, Siakam is averaging 25.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 49.3 percent from the field and 84.8 percent from the charity stripe.

While Siakam and Fred VanVleet each missed the first meeting against Detroit due to being in the league's health and safety protocols, they both made their return in the team's most recent meeting with the Pistons but combined to shoot 5-for-24 from the field.

Though VanVleet is coming off of a rough outing against the Blazers, he and Siakam should look much more like themselves in this one.

Two big question marks will be surrounding the availability of Lowry, who sat on Sunday with foot soreness and OG Anunoby, who rested the last time Toronto played two nights in a row.

The Pistons, who were idle on Sunday, have a rest advantage over the Raptors.

Detroit last played on Saturday, when it suffered a 14-point loss at the hands of the Washington Wizards. In Saturday's loss, the Pistons trailed by as many as 30 points but saw their rally fall short despite outscoring the Wizards by 23 points in the third frame.

As Detroit finished with just 92 points Saturday, it was Wayne Ellington that led the way with 15 points after knocking down five of his 10 3-point attempts. As a team, the Pistons shot just 33-for-85 (38.8 percent) from the field and got just nine points from leading scorer Jerami Grant.

It wasn't exactly an uncharacteristic showing from the Pistons, who have the league's 25th ranked offence. Detroit's uncharacteristic showings have come against Toronto as it has scored an average of 122.5 points in the first two meetings.

If the Raptors are to get back on track, slowing the Pistons' offence down is a good place to start.

Raptors vs. Pistons: Betting odds, spread, over/under

Spread: Raptors -4.0 (-110), Pistons +4.0 (-110)

Raptors Money line: -175

Pistons Money line: +155

Over/under: 216.0 (-110)

*Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book

Injury Report

As of 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 29

Team Player Name Current Status Reason
TOR @ DET Detroit Pistons Jerami Grant Probable Injury/Illness - Left Quadriceps; Contusion
Killian Hayes Out Injury/Illness - Right Hip; Strain
Rodney McGruder Doubtful Injury/Illness - Right Elbow; Sprain
Jahlil Okafor Out Injury/Illness - Left Knee; Surgery
Dennis Smith Jr. Out Injury/Illness - Bilateral Lumbar Spine; Soreness
Toronto Raptors DeAndre' Bembry Out Health and Safety Protocols
Jalen Harris Out Injury/Illness - Right Hip; Pointer
Kyle Lowry Questionable Injury/Illness - Right Foot; Soreness
Patrick McCaw Out Injury/Illness - Left Knee; Swelling
Paul Watson Out Health and Safety Protocols

Last Time They Played

Date: March 17, 2021

Score: Pistons 116, Raptors 112

Pistons: Saddiq Bey - 28 PTS (8-14 FG, 6-10 3FG), 12 REB, 2 AST, 2 STL

Raptors: Norman Powell - 43 PTS (14-18 FG, 8-12 3FG), 3 REB

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