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Pistons vs. Raptors NBA Point Spread Pick from Larry Ness: February 12th 2017

Detroit Pistons vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Point Spread Pick: Toronto -6.5 points (February 12th 2017)

The Raptors reached the Eastern Conference finals last year and were actually tied at two-all with the Cavs, before losing. However, the Cavs were blown out in the final two games of the series and any serious thought that the Raptors were somehow in Cleveland’s class should be dismissed quickly by noting that Cleveland’s four wins over the Toronto in that series came by margins of 31, 19, 38 and 26 points!

Toronto plays host to the Pistons on Sunday at Air Canada Centre. The Pistons come in off a 103-92 home loss to the Spurs on Friday. Detroit has a formidable frontcourt led by center Andre Drummond (14.7-13.8) plus three quality players in Harris (16.4-5.1), Morris (14.2-4.5) and Leuer (11.1-5.6). Harris is the team’s leading scorer but recently, Leuer has been starting. The backcourt features PG Jackson (15.5-5.6 APG), SG Caldwell-Pope (14.1) and Ish Smith (8.4-4.9 APG) coming off the bench. Despite this solid seven-man rotation, the Pistons rank only 24th in points scored at 101.5 PPG, a clear indication that there is little or no depth on the bench.

Depth is an issue often for Toronto, as outside of an All Star starting backcourt featuring DeRozan (27.9-5.3) and Lowry (23.0-4.7-7.0) plus center Valanciunas (12.3-9.9), head coach Casey really can’t count on the remainder of his roster to do much. Making matters worse, DeRozan has fought nagging injuries throughout the year (he recently missed four games with an ankle injury) and as we saw often in last year’s playoffs, shooting slumps appear all too often with Lowry. He’s a workhorse (37.7 MPG is tied for the most) but he’s shooting just 33.3 percent over the past four contests!

Toronto was 22-8 through Dec 26 but is just 10-12 since. The 32-22 Raptors have fallen three games behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division and are now also behind the surging Wizards, leaving them with just the No. 4 seed. The winner of the 4 vs 5 matchup gets the Cavs in t shecond round, something Toronto can’t afford! The good news here is that the Pistons are a poor road team (9-18 SU & 10-17 ATS) and don’t figure to be able to match the Raptors basket-for-basket here on their homecourt, where Toronto averages 112.7 PPG. An added bonus is that the Raptors have not played since Wednesday (a disappointing 112-109 loss at Minnesota), their first three-day break of the season. Lay the points with Toronto.

Suns vs. Raptors NBA Point Spread Pick from Jack Jones: January 22nd 2017

Phoenix Suns vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Point Spread Pick: Raptors -11.5 points (January 22nd 2017)

The Toronto Raptors come into this game highly motivated for a victory tonight.  They have lost two straight coming in, including their worst loss of the season last time out.  After falling to the 76ers 89-94 on the road, they lost 78-113 at Charlotte on Friday.

The Raptors are primed to get back in the win column in blowout fashion against a Phoenix Suns teams in a tough spot here.  The Suns will be playing the 2nd of a back-to-back and their 3rd game in 4 days.  They won’t have much left to give after winning 107-105 in Madison Square Garden yesterday.

Phoenix is 2-12 ATS off a win by 6 points or less over the last two seasons.  Toronto is 13-5 ATS as a home favorite this season.  The Suns are 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games following a ATS win.  The Raptors are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.  The Suns are 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games following a straight up win.  Bet the Raptors Sunday.

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New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors Point Spread Pick: January 15th 2017

New York Knicks vs. Toronto Raptors
NBA Point Spread Pick: Toronto -9.5 points (January 15th 2017)

The New York Knicks enter this game with questions surrounding Kristaps Porzingis (19.5-7.4), who has a sore left Achilles’ tendon. He did not play Thursday when the Knicks defeated the Bulls 104-89 to end a three-game losing streak (it was just their second win in the last 11 games).  It was the fourth game that Porzingis has missed because of the injury. “I need to get it 100 percent before I step on the court again,” Porzingis told the media on Saturday. “We have a tough schedule ahead of us and I would like to be back as soon as possible, but I have to make sure I’m healthy and can give 100 percent to the team.”

The Raptors come off an expected 132-113 win over the hapless Nets, although Toronto somehow trailed the Nets by one point late in the third quarter before going on a 28-7 surge and drawing away to a 19-point victory. “That’s human nature, a phenomenon I’ve never figured out,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “I commend our guys for finding a way, that’s what our league is all about, but you can’t play with fire like that and let a team hang around, hang around, hang around.”

The Raptors also used a strong fourth quarter to beat the Knicks in the teams’ first meeting this year, winning 118-107 back on Nov 12 at Toronto (there were 27 lead changes). DeMar DeRozan (28.2) scored 33 points for Toronto and Carmelo Anthony (22.1) had 31 for New York. The Knicks are 6-14 (10-10 ATS) on the road and the Raptors are 14-6  (12-7-1 ATS) at home.The 26-13 Toronto Raptors lead the Atlantic Division in good part because they are 7-0 SU and 6-1 ATS against division foes this season.

The Knicks have lost 12 games by double digits this yera and now face teh East’s highest-scoring team in the Raptors (111.12 PPG). That doesn’t bode well. Lay the points. Good luck…Larry