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Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons Predictions and Preview for 1/14/2022

Toronto Raptors takes on Detroit Pistons on 1/14/2022 at 07:10 PM.

The Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons face off in an important game for both teams. Toronto Raptors has a record of 20-18 this regular season. Detroit Pistons is 9-31 this regular season. Both have players to meet and know.

Toronto Raptors Team Defense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 110.2, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are an average team when it comes to the shot quality of their opponents. Their defensive efforts at keeping offenses from getting to the rim should not go unnoticed. There is an inconsistent effort to keeping opponents from scoring at the rim though.

This team has strong on-ball defenders and players who can attack the passing lanes.

Toronto Raptors Team Offense Preview




You should not have high expectations considering their offensive efficiency is 111.7, but relatively speaking it is still a slightly above-average offense. This analysis would be woefully incomplete without going into further detail aside from just an offensive efficiency rating. This is a team that likes to play grinders. They want to execute in half court and frustrate opponents in their offensive half court situations.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .538 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .505, which is considered to be below average. They attempt .381 of their shots from three point range. They take threes less often than many in the NBA. They made .343 of their shots from three point range. They would be considered below average from beyond the arc. They made .763 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They would be considered below average from the charity stripe.

They were able to get back 28.5% of their missed shots. They are a strong offensive rebounding team.

Detroit Pistons Team Defense Preview

You should not have high expectations considering their defensive efficiency is 111.5, but relatively speaking it is still a rather average defense. Now that we know what the overall defense looks like, it is time to understand why this defense is the way it is.

They are a below average team when it comes to their ability to force bad shots. They are quite average in their ability to keep opponents from scoring at the rim. It is tougher to score at the rim against their defense than much of the NBA.

Their ability to create live ball turnovers is above average.

Detroit Pistons Team Offense Preview


They have a completely dreadful offense that makes announcers try to spin things positively and fans cringe. An offensive effiency rating of 101.4 can certainly do that. Now that we know what the overall offense looks like, it is time to understand why this offense is the way it is. This is a team that is basically of average tempo.

Their True Shooting Percentage is .519 which is terrible. Their Effective Field Goal Rate is .479, which is terrible. They attempt .409 of their shots from three point range. They fall right around average in the NBA. They made .313 of their shots from three point range. This team is dreadful from beyond the arc, they have shooters, but they need makers. They made .778 of their shots from the Free Throw Line. They are a slightly above average Free Throw shooting team.

They have an offensive rebounding rate of 22.0% this season. They are a below average rebounding team.

The Toronto Raptors Roster

The Players to Watch for Toronto Raptors

Fred VanVleet 6-1 197 PG

He is a positive impactful starter who makes an impact for this team.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Scottie Barnes 6-9 227 PF

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. He is not considered a frequent three point shooter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is an average distributor in this offense. He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Gary Trent Jr. 6-5 209 SG

He is an important offensive option on this team this season.

He likes to drift out there on offense, he is not very active near the rim. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

The Detroit Pistons Roster

The Players to Watch for Detroit Pistons

Saddiq Bey 6-7 215 SF

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He has done a better job than most protecting the basketball.He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Cade Cunningham 6-6 220 PG

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

He does not attack the rim as much as he should. There is nothing special regarding his shot selection on the perimeter. In man-to-man defense, playing fairly standard defense against him on the perimeter is advisable. He is a bit more of a jump shot oriented player so he does not get fouled as much. He is a generally average Free Throw Shooter.

He sets up his teammates in an above-average fashion. He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. He could be a better offensive rebounder, but he has not put it together yet this season.

Isaiah Stewart 6-8 250 C

He is a general rotation player on this team. Nothing too special thus far.

Getting to the rim is important to him. Shooting three point shots is either a rarity or it never happens, he gets his work done in the paint. He either does not take three point shots or he does not make them either. Opponents are probably quite aware. He does not do the things he needs to do to get himself to the Free Throw Line consistently. At the Free Throw Line, he is an above average Free Throw shooter.

He is a below-average distributor, but this may have a lot to do with offensive role.He does not turn it over more or less than anyone. On the offensive glass, he is generally average. Nothing stands out.

Toronto Raptors vs. Detroit Pistons Prediction, Picks, and Odds


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