Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 30, 2023

The Detroit Pistons would go down in NBA infamy if they lose a 29th straight game on Saturday night as they host the Toronto Raptors.

December 30, 2023, 6:00 PM ET
Little Caesars Arena
Pointspread 0 -105
Pointspread 0 -125

The Raptors are 5-point favourites on the NBA odds despite playing the second of a back-to-back.

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It will be fascinating to hear the crowd at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday night because I’m honestly not sure at this point whether the fans even want the Pistons to win a game as they can set the NBA record with a 29th straight loss.

At nearly every home game of late, chants of “sell the team” regarding owner Tom Gores have been prevalent, but he’s not doing that. Gores has promised changes but says Coach Monty Williams and GM Troy Weaver are safe.  Williams would be long gone already if he weren’t in the first year of what was at the time the biggest contract ever given to an NBA head coach.

Saturday is the second of three regular-season meetings between the teams with Toronto returning to Motown on March 13. The Pistons’ lone visit to Scotiabank Arena of the year was Nov. 19 and they lost 142-113 as 9.5-point underdogs. The only Pistons starter to score in double digits was Cade Cunningham with 18 points. Toronto shot 53.9 per cent from the field and set a team record with 44 assists. 

The Dinos have won five straight in the series but trail 60-43 all-time and 32-21 on the road. 

Toronto Raptors

We projected the Raptors to lose 118-116 in Boston on Friday night expecting the Celtics to rest some key players in the second of a back-to-back for them. They did and managed to pull out a 120-118 win, although the Dinos made it interesting by outscoring Boston by 11 in the fourth. After Scottie Barnes tied the game at 116 with a 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining, Luke Kornet (who isn’t on the court in a close game late if the Celtics aren’t short-handed) made the what would prove the winning dunk with 32 seconds to go. Toronto’s Pascal Siakam went to the line with 1.4 seconds left. He made the first but missed the second, and the C’s were able to run out the clock. Barnes finished with a team-high 30 points with seven made three-pointers, 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal to become the first player in franchise history and fourth player in league annals to have at least 10 rebounds and three blocks while making at least seven shots from deep. Vince Carter is one of the previous three to do that and did it twice but not with the Raptors. Toronto is 2-3 in the second of a back-to-back this season. 

Detroit Pistons

Detroit nearly pulled one of the greatest upsets in NBA history on Thursday night as a 17.5-point underdog at NBA-best Boston as the Pistons led by as many as 21 points but lost in overtime 128-122 to tie the NBA overall record for consecutive losses at 28 in a row. The Pistons’ last win was Oct. 28, which is also the last time the World Series runner-up Arizona Diamondbacks won a game. In major North American sports, only the NFL’s Chicago Cardinals, who lost 29 straight from 1942-45, have had a longer losing streak. The one player who has been great in this skid is former No. 1 overall pick Cade Cunningham, and he had 31 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals in the loss to Boston. He missed a potential-winning 3-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation. Big man Isaiah Stewart (10.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg) was out injured and will not play Saturday. Detroit is 1-14 at home. 

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