The Detriot Pistons had a successful season in their own right. They made it to the playoffs for the first time in 6 years. They won 44 games and entered the postseason as the 8th seed. They got swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Detroit is expected to have a similar season if not a better one this year. Making the playoffs is the goal. They received bad news that Reggie Jackson will be out for a month. Good news is they have a solid point guard in Ish Smith to take over the point guard duties until Reggie comes back.
The Pistons will be missing Reggie Jackson for about a month. Good news is they have a solid point guard in Ish Smith to take over the point guard duties until Reggie comes back.
The head coach of the Detroit Pistons, Stan Van Gundy is looking for this team to improve on offense this year. They had an average offense last year. Defensively they were ranked 13th in the league.
The Pistons signed Boban Marjanovic, Jon Leuer and Beno Udrih. Beno can score if given the opportunity. He will be a solid option off the bench.
Projected Lineup for Toronto Raptors
PG Kyle Lowry, SG DeMar DeRozan, SF DeMarre Carroll, PF Patrick Patterson, C Jonas Valanciunas
Projected Lineups for Detroit Pistons
PG Ish Smith, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SF Marcus Morris, PF Tobias Harris, C Andre Drummond
The Toronto Raptors are favored by 7.5 points. Both teams recently played each other in the preseason. The Raptors won 103-92. The Raptors are 2-1 in their last three against the Pistons at the Air Canada Centre. I like the Raptors to win their first regular season game.
Prediction: Toronto Raptors win 101-87 at home