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Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons: Wednesday NBA preview


PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS

TIPOFF: 7:30 p.m.

TV: TSN

RADIO: TSN 1050

PROBABLE STARTERS

Detroit: Ish Smith, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Jon Leuer, Andre Drummond

Toronto: Cory Joseph, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas

KEY MATCHUP

Valanciunas vs. Drummond

Expect a fair number of post-ups and a lot of banging in the paint from two of the more traditional big men left in the NBA.

NEED TO KNOW

After 41 games throughout their history, the Raptors are paying their last visit to the Palace. The Pistons are moving to a new downtown arena next season. … Toronto is 14-27 all-time in Auburn Hills. … Detroit’s still got faint playoff hopes, but being in the middle of a 2-8 skid in their last 10 games probably cemented their place in the draft lottery. … Detroit is 29th out of 30 teams in three-point shooting percentage, and 29th in free-throw percentage as well.

NEXT UP

Friday vs. Miami, 7:30 p.m.

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