HRWager hopes to tap the work ethic of the Motor City in our NBA Free Pick of the Day. Detroit (27-25) needs to keep grinding away to keep hold of their tentative grip on the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, Toronto (34-16) has won 9 of 10 but is looking towards play off success with some rumored moves in the works. Currently, Detroit is a two point dog with the total at 205 1/2 in this one. Which way will the winds of fortune come in from for this 7PM start on 2/8?
NBA Free Pick : Defense
One way that Detroit has gotten over .500 this year is their willingness to work harder than most teams every night. Teams that are down or have young players tend to take to this philosophy more than star laden teams. It is limitations with any franchise but for a few years, it gets them back to respectability. This is seen on the defensive as well as the offensive glass. Pistons fans see their team near the top of the league in offensive rebounds and percentage made from those second chances. This goes right into the teeth of a perceived weakness by the Raptors.
Lowry and DeRozan have been the fuel for the Raptors’ recent ascent. However, on this long road trip attrition will strike and mostly at their front court. Toronto has it in their head that they could use some additional depth there. They are courting the Suns for Morris the malcontent. Faried of the Nuggets is also in their target sites. This is a main reason why Detroit is only two point underdogs here.
Detroit at home and against the Raptors have covered the spread more than the norm. However, this is a razor tight line. Instead, look at the totals. It has gone up to 205 1/2. Look for prolonged possessions and lots of defensive stands by the Pistons. They will dictate the tempo and it will be slower than the 205 1/2 mandates. Our NBA Free Pick of the Day is the under for the Raptors at the Pistons. Good fortune and we will see you tomorrow here at the HRW.