Detroit Pistons-Toronto Raptors Game Preview

Oct 26, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34)) takes a shot over Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the first quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 26, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris (34)) takes a shot over Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17) in the first quarter at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Detroit Pistons leave home to take on the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre Sunday at 6:00 P.M. ET. 

The Detroit Pistons go on the road for the first of a mini-two game road trip to take on the Toronto Raptors. Their meeting Sunday will be the first the teams have seen each other since the start of the season.

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On October 26th, the Pistons started 0-1 for the season after a humiliating, 18-point loss against the Raptors in Toronto. At the time, Toronto was still viewed as the unstoppable team who made a run in the Eastern Conference Finals last year. Now, Toronto is no where near as intimidating.

In their last 13 games, the Raptors have only came away with four wins. That doesn’t mean they WILL play any differently as they did when they handled the Pistons in October, though the idea of Detroit coming away with a win doesn’t seem improbable.

While the Raptors have been struggling, the Pistons have been surging. Even though in Detroit’s last 13 games they’ve won only seven, in their previous six, they’ve won four.

Additionally, the Pistons have been trending offensively and maintaining steady defensively. In their previous six, the Pistons have been scoring 107.3 points per game while giving up 102 points per game: improving offensively from their season average of 101.5 points per game and performing the same defensively from their season average of 101.9 points against per game.

A win in Toronto would be uplifting for the Pistons as it’d be their first win over a quality team since Washington in January. Detroit’s last four wins have been against under .500 teams, so a win over the Raptors would be satisfying.

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In order for Detroit to leave Toronto for Milwaukee with a win, they’ll have to put aside their road struggles and continue to play well offensively and defensively. Additionally, energy from an improving Andre Drummond could be the extra ‘oomph’ Pistons utilize to top Toronto Sunday night.