Detroit Pistons at Toronto Raptors odds, picks and prediction
The Toronto Raptors (17-17) host the Detroit Pistons (9-25) Wednesday at their 2020-21 season home of Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off. Below, we analyze the Pistons-Raptors odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
The game was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was pushed back due to a COVID-19 outbreak among the Raptors that leaves them severely undermanned for Wednesday's game.
The Raptors also had Sunday's scheduled game against the Chicago Bulls postponed until a later date. They had won five of their previous seven games with the most recent being a 122-111 drubbing of the hapless Houston Rockets Friday.
The Pistons come into Wednesday's game severely shorthanded due to injuries. They have lost three straight games, including a 109-90 loss to the New York Knicks Sunday.
Pistons at Raptors: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Pistons +195 (bet $100 to win $195) | Raptors -250 (bet $250 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS : Pistons +6.5 (-110) | Raptors -6.5 (-110)
- Over/Under : 211.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
Pistons at Raptors: Key injuries
- SF Jerami Grant (quadriceps) questionable
- PF Blake Griffin (not with team) out
- PF Jahlil Okafor (knee) out
- PG Delon Wright (thigh) out
- PG Frank Jackson (illness) out
- PG Killian Hayes (hip) out
- SF OG Anunoby (health and safety protocols) out
- SG Malachi Flynn (health and safety protocols) out
- PF Pascal Siakam (health and safety protocols) out
- PG Fred VanVleet (health and safety protocols) out
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Pistons at Raptors: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Raptors 106, Pistons 94
Money line (ML)
Well, this will be ugly. The Raptors will be without three of their top five scorers and three of their top six rebounders. The Pistons are also likely to be without three of their top four scorers and three of their top five rebounders.
Detroit is somewhat tempting at +195 in a game where Toronto will be handing significant playing time to G-Leaguers, but unless Grant is able to suit up, it's tough to envision the Pistons putting up enough points to pose a threat.
PASS and bet the spread, where there's proper value on the Raptors.
Against the spread (ATS)
The RAPTORS -6.5 (-110) are the better and more talented team. Gs Kyle Lowry and Norman Powell will lead the way, and Sixth Man of the Year contender Chris Boucher can take on a larger role inside.
The Pistons have dropped six of their last seven games and are more adjusted to the depleted lineup as they work to trade Griffin before the trade deadline.
Hammer the UNDER 211.5 (-110) even with the line dropping through Wednesday morning.
The Pistons have been held below 100 points in three of their last seven games. The Raptors hit the Over in each of their last two games but had previously played to four consecutive Unders and will have no trouble against this Pistons offense. Toronto's offense is hit harder by the COVID absences than the defense.
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