Rematch in Toronto

Essentials

  • Teams: Detroit Pistons (24-50) at Toronto Raptors (27-46)
  • Date: April 1, 2013
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Television: FS Detroit Plus

What to look for

The Detroit Pistons have lost 13 of their last 14 games entering tonight. The lone victory they secured in this recent stretch was against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Lawrence Frank and company will be in Toronto this evening with an opportunity at extracting vengeance against the Raptors. The last time these two squads met on March 29, the Raps were victorious at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

In that contest, the Pistons gave up 54 points in the paint and 53.7 percent field goal shooting. Amir Johnson, Rudy Gay, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan all had great nights.

These very same Raptors are coming off a tough defeat in D.C. at the hands of the Washington Wizards last night.

After trailing by 20 points, Dwane Casey’s unit trimmed down the deficit and the scoreboard read 96-88 with six minutes left in the game. With a few stops and scores, Gay and company could have made the game interesting.

Instead, Washington’s defense forced the Raptors into tough shots and turnovers, closing the game with a 13-4 run.

Detroit on the other hand is coming off a nail biting loss from yesterday at the United Center. The Chicago Bulls made a few more plays than the Pistons in their 95-94 win.

Luol Deng had a monster game with 28 points and nine rebounds, while Nate Robinson came off the bench to score 16. Both players combined for two late 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game that helped Chicago secure the victory.

Andre Drummond played big against the Bulls’ frontline, snatching 14 rebounds in 23 minutes of playing time.

If the Pistons’ frontline can reproduce the effort from last night’s loss in Chicago, it should go a long towards given them an opportunity at beating the Raptors. Valanciunas and Johnson outperformed their counterparts the last time around and led the Raps to victory.

Consequently, rebounding and interior scoring will be areas of focus in this head-to-head matchup.

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