The Detroit Pistons have lost four-in-a-row and haven’t won a game since the last time they played the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors have lost five straight and now find themselves outside of the playoff picture.
Both of these are good news actually, as the Pistons are trying to tank for a better draft pick and also hold a second-round pick from Toronto that they would like to be as high as possible.
If the Detroit Pistons were going to win a game in the near future, this would be a good one, as it would at least help their second-round draft pick.
Both of these teams have been bad lately, but that doesn’t mean bettors should stay away, as there are still some value bets in this one.
The Pistons are +3 at home, but stay away from the points and just bet them to win if you think they can as you will get much better odds.
The 220.5 total seems like an easy “under” bet but these two teams combined for 234 points in their last meeting and many of the same players will still be out.
I still like the under in this one, as the Pistons have struggled scoring in the last few games and the Raptors will be missing several key players.
Here are three additional bets that I like, but remember, even though I have had the hot hand, I am not a professional sharp so use this information wisely.
Detroit Pistons vs. Raptors: Mason Plumlee will have a steal
I have won this bet a couple of times this season but unfortunately the books have caught on and adjusted the odds after Plumlee has had a steal in four out of the last five games.
This is really a 50/50 type bet but one that I like simply because there will be backups in this game that are more likely to cough up a turnover or two. If the Plum Dog can swipe one of them, it’s an easy win.
Pistons vs. Raptors: Delon Wright will have under 11.5 points
Wright has not shot the ball well since returning from injury and has been more of a facilitator. He will likely be defended by Kyle Lowry and have to guard him on the other end, which could spell a tough night shooting for Wright.
Fred VanVleet will be out for this one, which does weaken the Raptors’ perimeter defense, but this is more a gut feeling than anything, as Wright is still trying to get back into the flow and will have a tough defender on him.
Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors: Jerami Grant will have fewer than 2.5 assists
This isn’t a knock on Grant, more on his teammates, who have been broke as of late. The Pistons have scored fewer than 100 points two games in a row and barely topped the century mark in the two before that.
They are shooting terribly from 3-point range and since most of Grant’s assists come on kick-outs, it’s a good bet that total will be low again.
Of course, if you think this is the game the Pistons’ offense breaks out, then bet the opposite of the last two, but Toronto will be desperate for a win, so this could end up being a low-scoring game.
Good luck with all of your bets!
*All odds and bets from the Action Network