Who: Toronto Raptors (42-28) @ Detroit Pistons (26-44)
Where: Palace of Auburn Hills
When: 7:30 p.m on Fox Sports Detroit
The Pistons have been stuck as the 12th seed in the Eastern Conference for what seems like an eternity and appear set to miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season.
However, Detroit has won three of their last four games after losing 10 straight. They are not eliminated from the playoffs but it will take a herculean team effort, and will require them to win all 12 of their games remaining in the season if they want any shot.
On the plus side, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has averaged 21.5 points and shot 52.4 percent in the last four games. Andre Drummond has been a double-double machine and Reggie Jackson is filling the stat sheet up game in and game out.
Pistons starting power forward Greg Monroe, who has 43 points and 26 rebounds in the last two games with Toronto, has been a monster and it could continue tonight if he suits up. Monroe has missed four straight with a knee strain and is looking to finish out the season strong as he approaches free agency.
The Toronto Raptors (42-28) are approaching winning back-to-back Atlantic division titles for the first time in franchise history. They can secure the Atlantic Division as early as tonight with a victory over the Pistons. The Raptors rely on their offense for a lot of their success, scoring 104.3 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA.
Toronto bounced back from Friday’s 16-point loss at Chicago by cruising to a 106-89 win over the New York Knicks two days later. In the hunt for one of the top three spots in the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have won three of four since losing 10 of 12.
The Raptors have won two of three against the Pistons and both teams are looking to build on the momentum they have going on to the end of the regular season. If Reggie Jackson continues his run, this could be a battle.