Detroit faces Toronto, looks to end 4-game slide

March 23, 2023 GMT

Detroit Pistons (16-57, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (35-38, ninth in the Eastern Conference)

Toronto; Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Detroit heads into the matchup against Toronto as losers of four games in a row.

The Raptors are 20-23 against Eastern Conference opponents. Toronto ranks seventh in the Eastern Conference in rebounding averaging 42.9 rebounds. Jakob Poeltl leads the Raptors with 9.1 boards.

The Pistons are 7-38 in conference matchups. Detroit gives up 118.6 points to opponents and has been outscored by 7.8 points per game.

The two teams match up for the fourth time this season. The Raptors defeated the Pistons 95-91 in their last matchup on Feb. 25. Pascal Siakam led the Raptors with 29 points, and Marvin Bagley III led the Pistons with 21 points.

TOP PERFORMERS: Siakam is averaging 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists for the Raptors. Fred VanVleet is averaging 21.5 points over the last 10 games for Toronto.

Killian Hayes is averaging 9.9 points and 6.2 assists for the Pistons. James Wiseman is averaging 14.0 points and 9.4 rebounds while shooting 53.5% over the last 10 games for Detroit.

LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 4-6, averaging 114.9 points, 42.5 rebounds, 26.0 assists, 10.2 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 47.7% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 114.0 points per game.

Pistons: 1-9, averaging 105.0 points, 42.8 rebounds, 23.9 assists, 7.0 steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 44.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 115.1 points.

INJURIES: Raptors: Dalano Banton: out (thumb), Otto Porter Jr.: out for season (foot), Joe Wieskamp: out (hamstring), Precious Achiuwa: out (hamstring), Gary Trent Jr.: out (elbow), Scottie Barnes: out (wrist).

Pistons: Jalen Duren: day to day (cervical), Isaiah Stewart: out (shoulder), Cade Cunningham: out for season (shin), Alec Burks: out (foot), Isaiah Livers: day to day (hip), Hamidou Diallo: out (ankle), Bojan Bogdanovic: out (achilles).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.