Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Mar 12, 2024

The Raptors look to avoid a winless four-game road trip when they wrap it up Wednesday at the Pistons, who may finish with the worst record in the league.

March 13, 2024, 7:00 PM ET
Little Caesars Arena
Pointspread +3.5 -105
Moneyline +135
Over / Under o +232.5
Pointspread -3.5 -115
Moneyline -165
Over / Under u +232.5

The Dinos are 2.5-point favourites on the NBA odds.

Raptors vs. Pistons NBA Betting Odds

The Pistons are going to be a fascinating team to watch this offseason because they do have some good young players and will have a lot of salary-cap room, but that franchise is an utter mess right now. Does Detroit reboot yet again? Fire Coach Monty Williams just one year into his $78 million contract?

In fact, things are go bad that general manager Troy Weaver had an expletive-laced response to a heckling fan in the stands and pointed the man out to security at Little Caesars Arena during Saturday’s home loss to Dallas. Supposedly, the guy told Weaver he was terrible at his job and that set Weaver off as the threatened to kick his rear. Still a bad look for Weaver, who probably gets fired after this season as the team is more than 150 games under .500 since he took over. 

Wednesday is the third and final meeting of the season between these teams. Toronto won the first in a blowout at home on Nov. 19 but was knocked off 129-127 in Detroit on Dec. 30 as the Pistons ended their NBA record-tying 28-game losing streak. Detroit finished one loss shy of the record for the four major American and Canadian leagues, set by the Chicago Cardinals during World War II.

Detroit leads the all-time series 61-43 and 33-21 as the home team.  The season series has been decided by a sweep in each of the last six seasons. 

Toronto Raptors

Toronto was incredibly short-handed at reigning NBA champion Denver on Monday and the biggest underdog it has been in years yet the Raptors led by 17 points at the half … only to lose 125-119, their fourth straight loss. Nikola Jokic can’t be stopped anyways but dominated big-time with 35 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and six steals. Not a huge surprise considering the Dinos had to start forward Kelly Olynyk at centre and their only true healthy big man was reserve Jontay Porter, who had 14 points in 22 minutes off the bench. Olynyk was good offensively with 24 points and six rebounds, while RJ Barrett returned from a game missed due to illness with 26 points and nine assists. Guard Bruce Brown was back from a four-game absence and had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

In addition to Scottie Barnes and Jakob Poeltl out longer-term, Immanuel Quickley, Gary Trent Jr. and Chris Boucher sat. Boucher suffered a partial MCL tear in his right knee in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Trail Blazers, so he will miss a while. A win Wednesday would be Toronto’s second straight season series win vs. the Pistons, marking the first time since 2016-18 where it won the series in consecutive years. The Dinos are 14-14 this season against teams with a record below .500. They are 2-10 ATS in their past 12 in this series.

Detroit Pistons

The Pistons haven’t been favoured often this season but were at home Monday against a nearly-as-bad Charlotte team that was down several injured players, and Detroit won 114-97 – its largest margin of victory this year. That makes two wins in three games for the Pistons for the first time since the first three games of the season. Former No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham had 22 points and eight assists and reached 1,200 points and 400 assists in his 54th game, the fastest in franchise history in a single season. It took Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas one more game to get there during the 1984-85 campaign. Jalen Duren 20 points and 10 rebounds and ranks fifth in the league in rebounds per game. He and Cunningham are building blocks. Guard Quentin Grimes returned from a four-game absence but had just six points on 1-for-8 shooting. Promising rookie forward Ausar Thompson sat with an illness. He ranks third among NBA rookies in total rounds, first in offensive rebounds, second in steals and fourth in blocks. Detroit is 6-3 ATS in its past nine. 

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