The Detroit Pistons will take on the Toronto Raptors at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at Scotiabank Arena. Toronto is 7-6 overall and 2-5 at home, while the Pistons are 2-9 overall and 1-5 on the road. The two franchises both finished in the bottom third of the Eastern Conference last season but are at different stages of their rebuild with the Raptors establishing a trio of new stars, while the Pistons have identified a few key pieces but are still searching for an identity.
However, this could be an opportunity for Detroit to gain some confidence after winning all three-head-to-head matchups last season and covering the spread in all those games as well. Still, Toronto is favored by 10 points in the latest Raptors vs. Pistons odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is set at 202.5. Before entering any Pistons vs. Raptors picks, you’ll want to see the NBA predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Raptors vs. Pistons spread: Raptors -10
- Raptors vs. Pistons over-under: 202.5 points
What you need to know about the Raptors
Even if it wasn’t a dominant performance, Toronto beat the Philadelphia 76ers 115-109 on Thursday. It was another big night for Toronto point guard Fred VanVleet, who shot 6-for-11 from beyond the arc and finished with 32 points, seven dimes and six boards.
VanVleet and OG Anunoby, who are both averaging 19.7 points per game this season, are the latest entries on a long list of players who the Raptors have developed within their system. Pascal Siakam should also be back in the lineup on Saturday after being rested on Thursday in the second game of a back-to-back. Siakam had missed the first eight games of the season while recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered late last season.
What you need to know about the Pistons
Meanwhile, things couldn’t have gone much worse for Detroit as the Pistons lost 98-78 to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Small forward Saddiq Bey struggled in the loss, finishing with only four points on 1-for-12 shooting in his 31 minutes on the court. Bey is off to a slow start this season, shooting just 36.0 percent from the floor and 25.8 percent from the 3-point line.
However, Bey shot 40.4 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from beyond the arc as a rookie and the Pistons think he’s clearly an important part of their future. Meanwhile, No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham has been working through his own woes (30.8 percent shooting), but he’s 12-for-26 in his last couple of games and had his first 20-point game on Wednesday.
How to make Pistons vs. Raptors picks
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