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Detroit Pistons vs Toronto Raptors – 01/30/16 Preview
The white hot Toronto Raptors (31-15) will host the Detroit Pistons (25-22) Saturday evening at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto are odd favorites to win (line: -7). Play in the most exciting daily fantasy basketball, including the newest Point Spread and $10K Grand Action contests only at Fanpicks the premiere daily fantasy sports site.
Detroit has shown the league this season that they’re a legit Playoff contender and compete against some of the best teams. They’re coming back from a hard fought loss against the Cavaliers last night 114-106. All 5 starters for the Pistons finished in double digits scoring. Andre Drummond, a fantasy optimal lineup regular led the pack and recorded a team high 20 pts with 8 boards. Detroit is currently ranked second in the league in rebounds, averaging 47.5 with most coming from league leading Andre Drummond. The Pistons will face the Raptors again in February but in Detroit this time.
Toronto is on a tear right now and just set a franchise record this Thursday for the most consecutive wins. They’re in a great momentum going into this All Star break. Their record win came against the New York Knicks at the ACC, 103-93. The dynamic duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both put down 26 pts to lead the Raptors past the Knicks. This streak is bringing the Raptors closer to the Eastern Conference leaders, Cleveland Cavaliers, currently only 2 games behind them. Jonas Valanciunas also had a great game and finished the night with a double-double like Lowry and had 11 pts with 18 rebounds. Valanciunas currently averages 9.6 rebounds for the Raps this season in 29 games. The next 5 games will be on the road where they have a 14-9 before hosting the All-Star game February 12-14 weekend.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic
Author: Aldo Panessidi
The Toronto Raptors (24-15) will be hosted by the Orlando Magic (20-18) on Thursday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Raptors conclude their five-game road trip on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday afternoon, UK time, after finishing 3-1 on the North American leg of the tour. The team made quick work of the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, 108-95, to improve their winning streak to three games and hold onto a solid grasp of first place in the Atlantic Division, where they are 4.5 games clear of the second place New York Knicks. Kyle Lowry lead Toronto with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory, shooting 10 of 17 from the field. DeMar DeRozan added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists while Jonas Valanciunas added 17 points and 9 boards to move the team into second place overall in the East. The Raptors’ potent defense was on display again in their win over Philly, as they are allowing 96.7 points per contest, ranking fourth-best in the league.
The Magic, themselves with designs on a Playoff run this season, have struggled to kick off 2016, losing five of their last six outings. So far in January, the team has already matched their loss total for the entire month of December, when they went 10-5. Orlando’s latest defeat came on Saturday night at home to the Washington Wizards, 105-99, despite all five of their starters posting double digits. Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and added 9 rebounds to serve as the top producer for the team, while Aaron Gordon posted a double-double off the bench with 10 points and 10 boards. Vucevic has been the top weapon for the team throughout the season, leading the upstart unit with 17.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The Magic will have the weekend to recoup before traveling to Atlanta on Monday to face the division-leading Atlanta Hawks.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Philadelphia 76ers
The Toronto Raptors (23-15) will play the Philadelphia 76ers (4-34) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $25K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Raptors come into this game with a modest two-game road winning streak. The more impressive of those two wins came against the Washington Wizards on Friday. In that game, they got a season-high 35 points from DeMar DeRozan and another double-double from Kyle Lowry. That backcourt has been one of the best in the NBA this season and they truly carry this team nearly every single night. The defense was spectacular in these two road wins as well and that’s been the key to success all season for this Toronto team, as they rank fourth in points allowed. In fact, they have given up 100 or more points in every loss since mid-November, so it’s clear the defense is the major correlation to success for this team. Considering that trend, they look like a good bet to win here, as they face one of the worst offenses in the NBA.
The Sixers are not synonymous with winning, but they are a far better team right now than a couple of weeks ago. Philadelphia has won three of their last seven games and have been playing much more competitively in their losses. That stretch directly correlates with the addition of Ish Smith and he’s been great in his stead with the Sixers. Not only has he been putting up good numbers, Smith has controlled the offense and limited the turnovers for the most turnover prone team in the NBA. Smith has also been doing a great job of reviving Nerlens Noel, who was terrible for the first two months of the season. Toronto comes into this game as a nine-point favorite, but it could be closer then that with the Raptors playing in the second half of a back-to-back here.
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Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
The Toronto Raptors (21-15) will be hosted by the Brooklyn Nets (10-24) at Barclays Center on Wednesday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball site
The Raptors will look to snap a two-game skid on Wednesday night. Their most recent loss came on Tuesday against the Cavaliers 122-100. Kyle Lowry led the team in the loss with 23 points (7-13 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-6 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds, two steals, and a block in 35 minutes. DeMar DeRozan pitched in 19 points (8-15 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four assists, and two rebounds in 35 minutes. DeMarre Carroll missed the game due to swelling in his right knee and his status for Wednesday is still up in the air. He missed nine games in December with bruising on the same knee so the Raptors may take it slow with Carroll and make sure he is 100 percent healthy before letting him take the court again. The Raptors have dropped their past two games against the Nets, but they have yet to play this season.
After defeating the Celtics to open the New Year, the Celtics were out for revenge in their rematch just two days later on Monday night, defeating the Nets 103-94. Thaddeus Young led the way for the Nets in the loss with 23 points (9-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 15 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and a steal in just under 38 minutes. Joe Johnson pitched in 21 points (8-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, and four assists in 35 minutes. During Monday’s game Johnson bruised his right quad and is listed as questionable for Wednesday. Rookie Chris McCullough sat out of Tuesday’s practice due to an illness while also nursing a knee injury. Head coach Lionel Hollins said McCullough is essentially “redshirting” the season. The Nets are endanger of losing their eighth straight game at home on Wednesday night.