Raptors vs Pistons: NBA Betting Preview, Tips and Picks – March 3, 2021

Posted By PlayPicks Staff on March 3, 2021 - Last Updated on March 6, 2021

The Toronto Raptors (17-17) host the Detroit Pistons (9-25) as 7.5-point favorites after Norman Powell went off for 30 points in the Raptors’ 122-111 victory over the Rockets. The game airs on FS-DET+ at 7:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The matchup has an over/under set at 214.5 points.

The betting insights in this article reflect data from DraftKings sportsbook as of March 3, 2021, 7:07 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds.

Raptors vs Pistons Betting Odds

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Injury Report as of March 3

Raptors:
Fred VanVleet: Out (Health Protocols),
OG Anunoby: Out (Health Protocols),
Pascal Siakam: Out (Health and Safety Protocols)

Pistons:
Jahlil Okafor: Out (Knee),
Jerami Grant: Day To Day (Quad),
Delon Wright: Out (Right Adductor),
Frank Jackson: Out (Illness),
Blake Griffin: Out (Not with Team),
Killian Hayes: Out (Hip)

Computer Picks

Spread Pick Raptors (-7.5)
Total Pick Over (214.5)
Prediction Raptors 115, Pistons 106

The model projects the Raptors to win, just as DraftKings does, but the model favors them by a small margin more (9.2 to 7.5).

The DraftKings point total for this game is just 6.9 points lower than the model projection.

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Raptors Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Fred VanVleet 34 20.1 4.4 6.6 1.7 0.8 3.4
Pascal Siakam 30 20.1 7.5 4.8 1.2 0.7 1.2
Kyle Lowry 27 18.0 5.7 6.6 1.2 0.2 2.9
Norman Powell 32 17.7 2.9 1.7 1.2 0.2 2.5
OG Anunoby 23 13.8 5.7 1.7 1.6 0.7 2.1

Pistons Key Players

Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
Jerami Grant 33 23.4 5.3 2.9 0.7 1.1 2.5
Josh Jackson 32 13.5 4.4 1.9 0.9 0.9 1.3
Blake Griffin 20 12.3 5.2 3.9 0.8 0.2 2.0
Delon Wright 29 10.7 4.6 4.9 1.4 0.5 1.0
Mason Plumlee 32 10.3 9.0 3.6 0.8 0.8 0.0

Shooting Trends

  • The Raptors make 45.2% of their shots from the field this season, which is 2.8 percentage points lower than the Pistons have allowed to their opponents (48%).
  • Toronto has a 9-4 record against the spread and a 9-4 straight-up record in games it shoots higher than 48% from the field.
  • Detroit is 3-7 against the spread and 4-7 overall when allowing opponents to shoot better than 45.2% from the field.
  • The Pistons are shooting 43.8% from the field, 1.4% lower than the 45.2% the Raptors’ opponents have shot this season.
  • Detroit has put together a 9-2 record against the spread and a 6-6 straight up record in games it shoots better than 45.2% from the field.
  • This season, Toronto has a 10-6 record against the spread and an 11-5 straight up record when it allows opponents to shoot higher than 43.8% from the field.
  • The Raptors are knocking down 38.3% of their three-point shots this season, 0.5% higher than the 37.8% the Pistons allow opponents to shoot from deep.
  • Toronto has assembled an 11-7 record against the spread and a 12-6 straight-up record in games this season when the team makes more than 37.8% of its three-point shots.
  • Detroit is 6-9-1 against the spread while putting together a 6-12 straight-up record when its opponents shoot above 38.3% from three-point range.
  • The Pistons shoot 34.6% from three-point distance this season. That’s 2.6 percentage points lower than the Raptors have allowed their opponents to shoot from deep (37.2%).
  • Detroit is 9-3 ATS and 5-8 overall when the team hits more than 37.2% of its three-point attempts.
  • Toronto has an 11-2 ATS record and a 10-3 straight-up record in games this season it has shot better than 34.6% from three-point distance.
  • The Raptors’ 15.4 made three-pointers per game this season is three more made shots on average than the 12.4 per game the Pistons give up.
  • Toronto has gone 13-7 against the spread and 14-6 overall this season in games it has out-shot its opponents from the three-point line. When Detroit hits fewer threes than its opponents, it is 4-8-1 ATS and 2-11 straight up.
  • The Pistons make the 17th-most three-pointers in the league, while the Raptors give up the 26th-fewest makes from beyond the arc.

Raptors vs Pistons Stat Rankings

Raptors Rank Raptors AVG Pistons AVG Pistons Rank
15th 112.9 Points Scored 107.5 24th
9th 110.4 Points Allowed 109 15th
29th 41.8 Rebounds 42.8 20th
20th 9.3 Off. Rebounds 10.3 14th
3rd 15.4 3pt Made 12.4 17th
15th 25.1 Assists 23.9 21st
9th 13 Turnovers 13.7 17th

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