Detroit Pistons (9-25, 15th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Toronto Raptors (17-17, seventh in the Eastern Conference) Tampa; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Detroit comes into the matchup with Toronto after losing three straight games. The Raptors are 12-9 against Eastern Conference opponents. Toronto is third in the Eastern Conference at limiting opponent scoring, allowing just 110.4 points while holding opponents to 45.2% shooting. The Pistons are 6-14 against Eastern Conference opponents. Detroit allows 112 points to opponents and has been outscored by 4.5 points per game. The teams meet Tuesday for the first time this season. TOP PERFORMERS: Chris Boucher ranks second on the Raptors with 6.5 rebounds and averages 13 points. Fred VanVleet is averaging 18.7 points and seven assists over the last 10 games for Toronto. Jerami Grant has shot 43.3% and is averaging 23.4 points for the Pistons. Mason Plumlee is averaging four assists and 9.1 points over the last 10 games for Detroit. LAST 10 GAMES: Raptors: 6-4, averaging 111.7 points, 40.5 rebounds, 25.8 assists, 6.8 steals and 6.1 blocks per game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108 points on 43.9% shooting. Pistons: 3-7, averaging 103.9 points, 43.1 rebounds, 23.6 assists, seven steals and 5.7 blocks per game while shooting 44.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 108.4 points on 46.4% shooting. INJURIES: Raptors: Pascal Siakam: out (health and safety protocols). Pistons: Delon Wright: out (right adductor), Frank Jackson: day to day (illness), Killian Hayes: out (hip), Jahlil Okafor: out (knee), Blake Griffin: out (not with team). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press
Led by Julius Randles 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists, the Knicks defeated the Pistons, 109-90. Additionally for the Knicks, RJ Barrett added 21 points and five rebounds in the victory, while Jerami Grant tallied 21 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons in the losing effort. The Knicks improve to 18-17 on the season, while the Pistons fall to 9-25.
DETROIT — Julius Randle scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half and the New York Knicks moved above .500 with a 109-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. The Knicks (18-17) have the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference and have won seven of their last nine games. They had an easy time with the last-place Pistons, taking an 11-point lead into halftime and extending that to 24 in the second half. This is the first time the Knicks have been above .500 this far into the season since they were 54-28 at the end of 2012-13, according to SportRadar. Derrick Rose scored 14 points, less than a month after he was traded from the Pistons to the Knicks. Dennis Smith Jr., who went to Detroit in that deal, started and scored seven. Jerami Grant scored 21 points for the Pistons. They shot just 38% from the field and went 9 of 32 from 3-point range. Detroit has lost six of seven. RJ Barrett scored 21 points for the Knicks, and Alec Burks added 16. TIP-INS Knicks: Taj Gibson (left ankle sprain), Elfrid Payton (right sore hamstring) and Mitchell Robinson (right hand surgery) were out. ... New York shot 51% from the field and 13 of 26 from beyond the arc. Pistons: Detroit has been holding Blake Griffin out while trying to resolve his future. Delon Wright (right adductor strain) also missed Sunday's game. ... The Pistons avoided their lowest point total of the season, which was 86 against Utah on Jan. 10. UP NEXT Knicks: At San Antonio on Tuesday night. Pistons: Vs. Toronto in Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday night. Noah Trister, The Associated Press