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The (47-30) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division are in the “MOTOR CITY” for a Conference matchup.
Toronto will play the (35-42) Detroit Pistons of the Eastern Conference Central. Tip-off is 7:30 PM EST. The game is on Wednesday. April 5, 2017.
The teams will play at the “PALACE” in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Toronto Raptors still have a chance to overtake Boston for the divisional crown.
Starting Point Guard Kyle Lowry is set to return from a wrist injury later this month. The Detroit Pistons are playing for their playoff lives.
Detroit was supposed to be a highly competitive team in 2017. However, expectations have fallen short.
The Opening Betting Line has the Detroit Pistons as a One And A Half-Point Home Favorite Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is 198 Points for Wednesday’s contest.
The Toronto Raptors have won eight of their last ten basketball contests. Toronto is currently the third seed in the Eastern Conference, three games behind the Boston Celtics.
The Celtics are 30-17 this season vs. Eastern Conference opponents and 2017 on the road.
Head Coach Dwane Casey is in his sixth season on the bench in Toronto. Casey has done more than an adequate job, and the Raptors are becoming regulars in the postseason.
The Former University of Kentucky standout has talked players into staying “NORTH OF THE BORDER” instead of leaving, which is helping to build a winning culture.
All-Star DeMar DeRozan is becoming one of the most reliable players in the National Basketball Association.
The Los Angeles native signed a huge contract during his services will stay in Toronto.
The recent acquisition of Serge Ibaka should provide leadership in the postseason. The key to a Toronto victory is to play with a sense of urgency.
Home court advantage in the East is not out of the question.
Bovada.Lv listed the Toronto Raptors at +125 to win the 2017 Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Title.
The 2017 Detroit Pistons have lost six of their last seven, and their playoff chances are fading fast.
Detroit is in the cellar of the standings in the Central Division. However, they are still in postseason contention with the Indiana Pacers and Charlotte Hornets.
Head Coach and General Manager Stan Van Gundy is one of the best “X AND O’S” in the league.
After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 postseason, expectations were high for Detroit this season. It has not been easy for Van Gundy and the staff.
Point Guard Reggie Jackson missed a lot of the first part of the 2017 season.
Center Andre Drummond is not the same player he was last season.
The key to a Detroit win on Wednesday is to come out and play inspired basketball; there is a lot on the line.
Bovada.Lv, list the Detroit Pistons at +165 to get the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
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