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NBA Picks: Detroit vs Toronto

by Steve Hastings on Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Detroit (38-31-4 ATS) vs Toronto (35-34-1 ATS) will match up two of the East’s playoff teams although they appear to be on different paths.Detroit has been solid all season behind great two way play from Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Rasheed Wallace while Toronto has been in a tailspin over the last few weeks. has Detroit has been solid all season behind great two way play from Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, and Rasheed Wallace while Toronto has been in a tailspin over the last few weeks.

The Raptors recent struggles have them currently sitting as the 7 seed in the East although a big part of the problem is that star Chris Bosh is playing hurt. Jose Calderon, TJ Ford and Anthony Parker must play big while Bosh is hobbled in order to prevent a potential deadly first round match up against Boston or Detroit. The good news for the Raptors is they are only 1 ½ games out of fifth place as the current 5 thru 8 seeded teams are weak to say the least.

Detroit as expected has been a top team in the league and should be a fixture deep in the playoffs. The previously mentioned players have helped the Pistons continued success as all of them excel on both ends of the floor. Antonio McDyess is also having a nice comeback season after plenty of frustrations following numerous injuries.

Toronto needs to pull off an upset in this game as the two teams directly above them in Philadelphia and Washington have been playing excellent basketball.

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