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Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Prediction

Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Prediction

Toronto Raptors

March 04

00:00

105 : 129

Detroit Pistons

Toronto Raptors

Detroit Pistons

Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Prediction comes before their NBA regular season clash on Thursday, March 4th 2021, at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Read my match preview for the correct score predictions and best betting tips ahead of this fixture.

Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Preview

After the first of their three-game H2H slate this month was tentatively rescheduled 24 hours forward due to COVID-19 protocol issues, the understaffed Toronto Raptors (17-17) entertain a Detroit Pistons (9-25) team struggling for form and much confidence through 34 regular-season games. 

Six-time All-Star power forward Blake Griffin is being sat out. At the same time, they weigh up trade and buyout options between now and the March 25 trade deadline, while their leading scorer Jerami Grant (23.4 PPG) is listed as questionable on the injury report with a bruised left quad. 

Grant didn't practice on Tuesday, though there is hope within the Detroit camp that he’ll feature their penultimate matchup before the All-Star break. If not, more minutes will be afforded to Sekou Doumbouya, rookie SF Saddiq Bey and SG Josh Jackson - who are all playing with a chip on their shoulder for contrasting reasons. 

Fourth-year PG Dennis Smith Jr continues to get settled after being acquired as part of the Derrick Rose trade last month, so can he and others step up here? 

Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Betting Tips

Even with all things considered, ESPN's BPI predicts a Toronto win (78.2%), but I'm just not convinced. 

They're missing multiple key pieces, including Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet, so while six-time All-Star guard Kyle Lowry will start, as usual, it's not the same without the supporting cast. I'm predicting a hard-fought road win - which shouldn't be that surprising, despite Detroit's well-documented struggles to start the campaign. 

Expert's prediction

Match prediction: Detroit Pistons to win

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L

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W

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L

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W

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L
D

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W

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L

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L

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L

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W

113-101 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

L

119-134 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

W

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L

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W

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0-0 vs Orlando Magic (H)

D

0-0 vs San Antonio Spurs (H)

D

0-0 vs Atlanta Hawks (H)

D

113-122 vs Chicago Bulls (H)

L

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L

103-101 vs Washington Wizards (H)

W

130-77 vs Golden State Warriors (H)

W
W

110-104 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (H)

L

98-100 vs LA Clippers (H)

L

81-125 vs New York Knicks (H)

W

120-91 vs Washington Wizards (H)

96-102 vs New York Knicks (A)

L

135-115 vs Cleveland Cavaliers (A)

W

103-113 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

L
D

0-0 vs Washington Wizards (A)

L

124-131 vs LA Clippers (A)

L

103-118 vs Portland Trail Blazers (A)

W

113-101 vs Sacramento Kings (A)

L

119-134 vs Denver Nuggets (A)

W

132-108 vs Oklahoma City Thunder (A)

Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons Head to Head (H2H) stats

30-03-2021

Detroit Pistons

118
104

Toronto Raptors

17-03-2021

Detroit Pistons

116
112

Toronto Raptors

04-03-2021

Toronto Raptors

105
129

Detroit Pistons

Toronto Raptors
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Detroit Pistons
Predicted Lineup

Terence Davis

Yuta Watanabe

Kyle Lowry

Aron Baynes

Norman Powell

Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk

Saddiq Bey

Dennis Smith Jr.

Mason Plumlee

Wayne Ellington

Mosope Ominiyi
03.03.2021

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