Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 23, 2023

Former Raptors coach Dwane Casey makes perhaps his final return to Toronto as head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Friday.

March 24, 2023, 7:30 PM ET
Scotiabank Arena
Pointspread +13.5 -110
Moneyline +650
Over / Under o +224


Betting Action


Pointspread -13.5 -110
Moneyline -900
Over / Under u +224


Betting Action


The Dinos as priced as 12.5-point favourites on the NBA odds.

Pistons vs. Raptors NBA Betting Odds

There’s very little chance that ex-Raptors coach Dwane Casey will return as Detroit’s head coach next season. Ownership was expecting a major step forward this season, but the team actually has been worse than last year. It hasn’t obviously helped that Cade Cunningham, the top overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, hasn’t played since Nov. 9 with his season finished. Casey will have no trouble getting an NBA assistant job if he chooses. Perhaps he could return to coaching in college and get a top job – he was a former assistant at Western Kentucky and Kentucky.

While the Pistons have given the Raptors fits in recent years, Toronto goes for the four-game series sweep – although the first three were all very close. Scottie Barnes is the only Raptors starter to play in all three, averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds. Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. have played in one each, and Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby two each. Bojan Bogdanovic leads the Pistons in averaging 20.7 ppg in the series and played in each game.

Detroit has covered the spread in nine straight meetings. 

Detroit Pistons

No question the Pistons are in full tank mode at this point, trying to finish with one of the NBA’s three-best records and the best possible chance (14 per cent) of winning the draft lottery. On a given night, Detroit sits at least a few key players so it’s hard to know who might suit up Friday. In Tuesday’s 129-107 loss in Atlanta, the team’s fourth straight defeat and 15th in the past 16, Marvin Bagley III scored a season-high 31 points. Rookie Jaden Ivey, who is going to be a very good player in the NBA, had 17 points, five assists and four rebounds. No reason to sit Ivey if healthy so he can continue learning and gain confidence. He is two points from becoming the fourth rookie in franchise history with at least 1,000 points, 300 assists and 250 rebounds in his first season. The Trade Deadline deal for ex-Warriors No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman is paying dividends as he’s averaging 13.3 points and 9.0 rebounds through 15 games as a Piston. Detroit is 0-4 ATS in its past four overall and on the road. 

Toronto Raptors

Just when we think the Raptors have figured things out, they have a bad loss. That’s what happened Wednesday in a 118-114 home defeat to Indiana, which was missing its best player in All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton. Canadian-born players Bennedict Mathurin, Andrew Nembhard and Oshae Brissett all started for Indiana as the Raptors celebrated Canada Basketball Night. It was the first time since the NBA began tracking starters in 1970-71 that three Canadians started for the same team. Pascal Siakam had 31 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, but the Dinos saw their seven-game home winning streak snapped. Siakam and Fred VanVleet (28 points, 11 assists) each had double-doubles, just the 10th time in franchise history where two Raptors had 25-point double-doubles in the same game. Scottie Barnes, Gary Trent Jr. and Precious Achiuwa were all out injured. The Raptors shot 7-for-34 from three-point range. They are 6-1 ATS in their past seven at home.

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