Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) defends Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/George Frey)

RAPTORS VS PISTONS, JAN. 14

Kyle Barrette

Something is clearly off with the Warriors, and last night’s game was clear proof of that. You would hate to say that it’s the return of Klay, but honestly, what else could it be? That’s the only thing that has changed. They will get it turned around because I believe he is too talented to struggle for too long, but for now, it’s something to keep an eye on. In tonight’s matchup, we have teams on opposite sides of the standings in the East. How will the Raptors respond after their first loss this month? Can the Pistons make another run? Let’s break it down and find out.

Pistons
Yes, we know Detroit has not even won 10 games yet, but you have to notice that almost half of their wins have come this month. Detroit has clearly struggled on both sides of the ball, as their offense is almost last in points per game with just 101. Defensively, they fare a little bit better, as they rank 23rd and allow 111 points per game. These results are understandable as it is hard to find consistency on a day-to-day basis from such a young team. It does seem like they might have a little momentum playing in their building, as three of their four wins this month have come on their home floor. Will they be able to continue their home winning streak against the red-hot Raptors?

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Raptors
The Raptors were red hot heading into their last matchup, and they found the only thing hotter than them in the Suns. The Raptors had won six straight before getting edged out by the Suns in a game that was close throughout and could have gone either way. Toronto has improved tremendously on defense and is currently ranked 11th, only allowing 106 points per game. Offensively, they are right around the league average ranking of 17th and are putting up 108 per game. The Raptors have a few starters who are questionable for this game but are trending toward being able to play. Even if one or both don’t make the start, the argument can be made that they are playing well enough without them to still win.

Raptors vs. Pistons the Pick: Raptors -7
I think the injured Raptors will suit up. The Pistons are one of the lowest scoring teams in the league and will find it difficult to match points with this Raptors offense. Take the Raptors to cover the spread. 

Same Game Parlay
Raptors -8, Raptors to win by 1-10 Pts, Raptors Team Total Over 111.5 Pts, Saddiq Bey to score 20+ Pts and Fred VanVleet first basket.

SGP Odds +13437

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