You know how this goes.If theres one opponent that you can guarantee the Detroit Pistons will be ready to play against, its the Toronto Raptors. Dwane Casey is 8-3 against his former team since taking over in Detroit, and the Pistons are 2-0 against them this season. Now, playing some of their best ball of the season Jamorko Pickett Jersey, theyll look for another win in Toronto.Game VitalsWhere: Scotiabank Arena in TorontoWhen: Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 pmWatch: Bally Sports DetroitOdds: Pistons AnalysisIll be honest: I thought the Pistons would be much better this year.My preseason thinking was that they would just be bad. Not terrible. They would be feisty, beat some good teams, and finish with like 27-30 wins. MAYBE they would contend for the play-in tournament, but that was the absolute best case scenario.I was wrong very wrong.The Pistons has oscillated between being bad and being terrible. Theyve lost close games, theyve gotten blown out, and theyve fallen into depressing losing streaks. However, I think theyre starting to resemble the team I expected them to be.Theyre 3-2 over their past five games, boasting a 113.1 offensive rating and a 115.2 defensive rating. That minus-2.1 net rating isnt anything special, but its a hell of a lot better than what weve seen throughout the season.It just seems like things are coming together. Killian Hayes is playing better, finally. Cade Cunningham is starting to really make the clutch time his time. Saddiq Bey has found his groove, while Jerami Grant has fit in with the youth movement. Isaiah Stewart is defending his butt off, and Kelly Olynyk and Hamidou Diallo are find their groove off the bench.Its little improvements, but youre seeing it across the board. That brings us to Toronto.They come in as 8-point underdogs over at DraftKings Sportsbook, which comes as a bit of a surprising considering the Pistons have had their way with the Raptors this season and, really, throughout Caseys tenure in Detroit.Theyll also face a depleted version of the Raptors tonight as OG Anunoby is out and Fred VanVleet is questionable. Theyve still gotta deal with Scottie Barnes and Pascal Siakam, though. Barnes has slowed down a bit since his torrid all-around start, but hes in the midst of a truly ridiculous stretch, hitting 36 of his last 50 shots from the field.Nick Nurse has done a great job finding ways to get him easy shots. I know hes mentioned as being a Rookie of the Year favorite over Cade, and his numbers have been great https://www.dpprostore.com/Kemba_Walker_Jersey-61, but I cannot think of a lottery pick who was blessed with a better situation than him.Hes got a pair of high-end veteran teammates in VanVleet and Siakam, both All-Stars at their best, as well as one of the best shooters in the league in Gary Trent Jr. Scottie just has to be the glue guy, the janitor who cleans up with whats leftover. Its the perfect role.Im bullish on him being a player you can win with, but I dont think hes the player you win with, if that makes sense. Hes great in this supplementary role. Hes not going to be as impactful as the Raptors alpha. Barnes has actually been at his worst this season against Detroit. Hes averaging just 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists on 35/0/75 shooting. Its not a coincidence that the Raptors have struggled against Pistons when he struggles.