The Detroit Pistons will take on a shorthanded Toronto Raptors team in a game that could be difficult to bet.
On one hand, with so many players out for this one and Toronto not having a coach, you’d think the Detroit Pistons would be a favorite even though they have only won nine games and are at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
But the books clearly don’t know what to make of this one, as Toronto is still favored and there are few player bets available.
That doesn’t mean you should stay away, but as always, take this advice with a grain of salt and bet responsibly.
Here are three bets I like vs. the Toronto Raptors.
The Detroit Pistons +7.5
Normally I say away from the points in basketball, as close games can turn into blowouts in the last minutes and it is tough to predict.
My rule is that if you think the underdog can win, just bet the money line and get better odds. That still might be the best advice here, as the Detroit Pistons can absolutely win this one outright.
However, the Pistons have been awful on the road and haven’t played well of late, so this is a game I can see them losing even though Toronto will be missing many of their key players.
Detroit should at least be able to keep it close though, so take the points.
Detroit Pistons vs. Raptors: The point total will be under 214.5
I hate betting the under but this is a game that has “offensive struggle” written all over it. The Raptors have been scoring a lot lately but will be without six of their guys including Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet.
The Detroit Pistons could be without Jerami Grant and have scored fewer than 100 points in three of their last five games.
The Pistons only scored 90 vs. the Knicks and have been throwing up the bricks lately, so the Raptors should be able to shut them down, even without half their team.
This one could be low scoring, so bet the under.
Detroit Pistons vs. Raptors: Kyle Lowry will have fewer than 37.5 combined points, rebounds and assists
It seems like this one is a no-brainer in the other direction, as Kyle Lowry will be asked to do pretty much everything for the Raptors in this one possibly even coach the team.
But he only averages 30 combined points, rebounds and assists for the season, so it is a big leap to say he’s going to get seven more, even though he should have a big game. The Detroit Pistons will obviously make stopping him their top priority, so he should be seeing a healthy dose of double and triple teams all night.
Dennis Smith Jr. will be out to prove he can stop the veteran point guard, so even though Lowry is a tough matchup, there are some factors working against him.
The Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors has the makings of a low-scoring game, so bet accordingly.
*All odds and bets courtesy of The Action Network