Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons
Records: Raptors (18-28), Pistons (12-33)
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Date: Monday, March 29
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, MI
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.
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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
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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