Hamilton is averaging 28.5 points over his last four games and Detroit has won eight of its last nine games. The Pistons pounded Miami on Monday, 93-62, behind a season-high 34 points from Hamilton.
Detroit’s surge has given it the best record in the Eastern Conference, percentage points ahead of Indiana. The Pistons’ 16-11 road record is the second-best in the NBA behind Dallas.
This is Detroit’s first visit to Toronto since its loss in Game Four of last year’s first-round series. The Pistons dropped both games in Canada in the playoffs last season, but have won four of the last five regular-season road meetings between the teams.
Clifford Robinson collected 25 points and 11 rebounds and Hamilton added 16 as Detroit posted an 82-74 victory over Toronto on January 6 in the first meeting between the teams. Antonio Davis scored 21 points to lead the Raptors.
That matchup took place for Toronto without superstar Vince Carter, who also missed last season’s playoffs. The Raptors are 6-2 since Carter returned, including a 99-97 victory over Orlando on Saturday.
Alvin Williams scored 22 points and Davis added 21 and 11 rebounds for Toronto, which survived a late comeback attempt by the Magic. Carter was limited to 12 points.