After a three-game road trip, the Toronto Raptors return home tonight to take on the Detroit Pistons. The Raptors have lost two in a row after winning five straight. The Pistons have lost five in a row and seven of their last eight. Both teams will try to get back on track tonight. This is the first of three meetings between the teams.
Here are some notes for tonight's game:
- DeMar DeRozan went a stretch of scoring 17 straight points for the Raptors last night against the Indiana Pacers. DeRozan is averaging 21.3 points per game on the season, but will need some help from the rest of the team if the Raptors want to win tonight.
- Raptors big men Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas combined for four points last night. Johnson was held scoreless. The Raptors will need better production from their big men on the second night of a back-to-back.
- Patrick Patterson was a bright spot off the bench pouring in 20 points last night for the Raptors. Patterson has been the Raptors' best bench player since being acquired from Sacramento in December.
- Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough has missed three straight games due to a sprained ankle. He will be a game-time decision tonight.
- Pistons big man Andre Drummond is averaging 13 points per game and 12.6 rebounds per game. Drummond has grabbed 14 or more rebounds 16 times this season. He will certainly be a big problem on the glass for the Raptors tonight.
- Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings has missed 22 of his last 26 shots. However, he is still averaging 16.7 points per game and 8.2 assists per game in his first year with the team.
- Raptors fans will see a familiar face on the Pistons bench as former-Raptor Charlie Villaneuva will be in Toronto tonight. Villaneuva, who was drafted seventh overall by the Raptors in 2005, is averaging 5.1 points per game this season.
Tonight's game starts at 7 pm. ET and can be seen on Sportsnet Ontario, East, West, and Pacific.
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