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Raptors host Pistons

January 08, 2014 16:42:56 UK

Raptors coach Dwane Casey.

The Toronto Raptors return home to the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday to welcome in the visit of the Detroit Pistons.

The Raptors can be backed at 1.90 in the point spread [-6], while the Pistons [+6] are priced at 1.90.

Losers of two straight to the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers, the Raptors still lead the Atlantic Division by three and a half games over the Brooklyn Nets who have moved ahead of the struggling Boston Celtics in the standings. Tuesday Toronto fell 86-79 to the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis despite 28 points from DeMar DeRozan. Patrick Patterson came off the bench to add a further 20 points on the evening as starters Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross had an off night combining for just 2-of-19 from the floor.

Indiana continues to lead the Central Division by 12.5 games over the Chicago Bulls. Chicago without the traded Luol Deng and the waived Andrew Bynum still had too much for the visiting Phoenix Suns at the United Center. Tony Snell and D.J. Augustin each came off the bench to good effect for the Bulls who even with a 15-18 record are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

Boston slipped to third in the Division following their fifth consecutive defeat. The Celtics has little to offer at the Pepsi Center in Denver, as they were routed 129-98 by the Nuggets. All five starters were in double figures for the hosts with Kenneth Faried and Ty Lawson each recording a double-double as Denver hit a robust 51% from the field.

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