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Preview: Toronto Raptors vs Detroit Pistons – March 29th, 2021

Photo Credit: Detroit Free Press

The Toronto Raptors will face the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Monday night.

Detroit is dead last in the Eastern Conference standings with a 12-33 record and have lost four games in a row. They are 25th in the NBA in points-per-game, but boast one of the better defences in the league, allowing the 10th fewest points-per-game.

Forward Jerami Grant leads the team in scoring with 23 points-per-game. Their second-best scorer is Josh Jackson with 12.9 points-per-game, emphasizing the Pistons’ lack of scoring threats and depth.

Detroit has dominated the season series between the two teams so far this season, with a 129-105 win on March 3 and a 116-112 win two weeks later on March 17.

The Raptors were severely out-rebounded in both meetings, registering only 64 total rebounds over both games, compared to the 103 boards grabbed by the Pistons. Detroit also shot 48.8 percent from three in the first game, and 41.4 percent in the following meeting. Dwane Casey’s team might have few shot creators, but they can beat you with strong spot-up shooting and crashing the glass.

The Raptors, who weren’t able to satisfy their need for a rebounding big man prior to last Thursday’s trade deadline, will have to limit the Pistons’ rebounding if they want to finally get their first win of the year over one of the league’s worst teams.

Catch tip-off at 8PM EST on Sportsnet.

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