NBA Betting Preview (March 13): Raptors vs. Pistons Odds

The Toronto Raptors will wrap up a four-game road trip Wednesday night in Detroit in a clash between two of the Eastern Conference’s worst teams.

An undermanned Toronto squad nearly pulled off a huge upset against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night as a double-digit underdog, building a 68-51 lead at the half before allowing the Nuggets to score 74 second-half points and come away with a 125-119 victory.

Bet on Raptors vs. Pistons

TOR +3.5
DET -3.5

Detroit, meanwhile, has wins in two of its last three games, including a 114-97 win over the Charlotte Hornets on Monday. The Pistons have dropped five of their past six meetings with the Raptors and the season series is currently split at one game apiece.

Let’s take a closer look at the odds and storylines for this matchup via bet365:

Raptors vs. Pistons odds

Raptors Moneyline Odds+130
Pistons Moneyline Odds-155
Over/Under232.5 points (over -110, under -110)
SpreadPistons -3.5 (-110)
Time/DateMarch 13, 7:00 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: TSN4
Stream: NBA League Pass
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About the Raptors (23-42 SU, 31-34 ATS, 34-31 o/u)

The Raptors turned in a surprisingly good effort on Monday against the Nuggets despite playing without Scottie Barnes (left-hand fracture), Chris Boucher (knee), Gary Trent Jr. (groin strain), Immanuel Quickley (hip flexor) and Jakob Poeltl (finger). Those injuries opened the door for Jontay Porter (14 points), Kelly Olynyk (24 points) and Bruce Brown (13 points, 10 rebounds) to shine while playing extended minutes.

At least five Raptors have scored in double figures in nine straight games, their second-longest streak of the season, trailing only a 10-game stretch from Nov. 15 – Dec. 1. Toronto is averaging 30.4 assists during that span and is tied for third in the NBA in assists, averaging a franchise-record 29.3 this year. When Toronto and Detroit met earlier this season on Nov. 19, the Raptors set a new franchise record with 44 assists.

It’s worth noting that the Raptors have played to a respectable 14-14 mark against teams with a losing record this season.

About the Pistons (11-53 SU, 33-31 ATS, 34-29-1 o/u)

Only the Washington Wizards (11-54) have a worse record than the Pistons entering play Wednesday, and Detroit is actually playing some decent basketball of late, although that might not be a good thing for its draft lottery prospects.

Detroit took the last meeting between these teams, 129-127, on Dec. 30 at home, covering the spread as four-point underdogs. That win snapped the team’s ugly 28-game losing streak at the time and guard Cade Cunningham erupted for 30 points in the victory. In 10 games since the All-Star break, Cunningham is averaging 25.4 points per game on 48.1% shooting. He’s also averaging 7.9 assists per game during that span.

Cade Cunningham over 7.5 assists


Injury concerns

It’s a long injury report for the Raptors:

  • Barnes (finger) is out.
  • Poeltl (finger) is out.
  • Trent Jr. (groin) is questionable.
  • RJ Barrett (personal) is out.
  • Quickley (hip) is probable.
  • Boucher (knee) is questionable.
  • D.J. Carton (ankle) is out.

Ausar Thompson (asthma) is questionable for the Pistons.

  • The under is 10-3 in Detroit’s last 13 games.
  • Detroit is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 home games.
  • The over is 20-8 in Toronto’s past 28 road games.
  • Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
  • Cunningham has notched eight or more assists in four straight games and seven of his last 10. Toronto also allows the third-most assists to point guards. Cunningham is -150 to record over 7.5 assists.
  • Jaden Ivey’s points line is a lofty 18.5 (under -115), a number he’s failed to reach in 11 of his last 12 games.
  • Cunningham is also getting it done from long range, draining two or more threes in nine of his last 10 games. He’s a steep -185 to record over 1.5 threes.

Wagers to consider

  • Boosted SGP – Cunningham 25 or more points, five or more assists, three or more three-pointers: +350. All signs are pointing to a big game from Cunningham, who should be able to run wild against the hobbled Raptors.
  • Pistons moneyline: -155. Too many banged-up bodies for the Raptors in this one and Trent Jr. and Quickley won’t be 100% if they do suit up. Take the Pistons outright.