Authored by NBA Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2014 Basketball game on Friday Night December 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm EST.
The (20-6) Toronto Raptors of the NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic division will make the trip from the province of Ontario to the Wolverine State to take on the (5-21) Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference Central division in 2014 NBA action. The team will play at The Palace in suburban Detroit, Michigan. This Sports Handicapper believes Toronto has plenty of firepower to compete with any team in the East. The Detroit Pistons can play much better than they have shown in the 2014-15 season. The betting line has Detroit as an eight-point road favorite Against The Point Spread, and the betting odds total is at 201-points for Friday’s game.
The 2014-15 Toronto Raptors are on a four-game winning streak and beat Brooklyn 105-89 on December 17th at the Air Canada Centre. The betting odds over has come in five of their last six on the road. Toronto is 7-1 ATS their last eight times the teams have met. Toronto is 3-2 Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under once onNBA Expert Point Spread Picks their last five on the road. Toronto will be without their best player again; DeMar DeRozan is on the shelf with a groin injury. Toronto has a better team but Detroit has the talent to compete Friday.
The 2014-15 Detroit Piston lost Wednesday at home to Dallas by 11 points and have lost two in a row. Detroit is 1-9 Against The Spread their last ten at home vs. A team with a plus road record. Detroit has not covered the number at the Palace the last four when Toronto is the opponent. Detroit is 1-5 Against The Point Spread their last six at home, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under four times. The key to a Detroit win is to push the basketball and practice coach Stan Van Gundy defensive philosophy on the other end. Detroit has two post players that can be effective.
Free Pick: Detroit+8.