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NBA Preview: Detroit Pistons (15-42) at Toronto Raptors (26-31)

The Detroit Pistons aim to carry the momentum from a double-overtime win into their game against the host Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.

Bojan Bogdanovic scored 10 of his 32 points in the two overtime periods and rookie Jalen Duren had a career-high 30 points in the Pistons’ 138-131 victory over the visiting San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Detroit will face a reeling Raptors team that squandered a 13-point, fourth-quarter lead in losing 122-116 to the visiting Utah Jazz on Friday.

Duren also grabbed 17 rebounds — two short of his career best — as the Pistons ended a three-game losing streak on Friday.

Over his past 10 games, Duren is averaging 13.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots.

In their loss to the Jazz, the Raptors took a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter and still led by 13 with 5:17 to play.

The Raptors wasted a 35-point effort by Pascal Siakam.

Utah was 11-for-13 from the foul line in the final period and shot 13-for-17 (76.5 percent) from the field in the quarter against a porous Raptors defense.

The Raptors shot 8-for-23 (34.8 percent) from the field in the final 12 minutes.

Jakob Poeltl, who played his first game for Toronto after being acquired in a trade with the Spurs on Thursday, had six points, four rebounds and five fouls in 16:41 playing time as a reserve.

He started the game on the bench because he had not had a chance to practice with the team, but Nurse expects Poeltl to eventually become a starter and provide an anchor for the defense.

The Raptors were without O.G. Anunoby (wrist) for the seventh consecutive game on Friday.

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