Free NBA Pick: Raptors vs Wizards NBA Odds
Looking for Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Raptors taking on the Wizards on Friday, March 3 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
(36-25) Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (36-23)
Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 10:00PM EST
Venue: Verizon Center – Washington D.C.
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Washington -5
NBA Betting Total: 209
Live NBA Odds
Updated Sportsbook Bonuses For Today
The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards face off Friday night in a contest between two teams looking to prove they are the biggest challengers to the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
At this point, Washington looks like the best to eventually earn that distinction, but what does that mean for this particular contest?
*All statistics, standings, records, rankings and trends are current as of this writing at 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 2.
Toronto emerged from the trade deadline as the team most people believed would have the most successful run at the Eastern Conference’s No. 2 seed. They were already in position to do just that, but trading for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker seemingly made them favorites directly behind the Cavs.
The problem is that the team is now without its starting (superstar) point guard, Kyle Lowry. Lowry had surgery following the All-Star Game to remove loose bodies in his wrist.
He’s targeting a return around the start of the playoffs.
As for now, DeMar DeRozan has (by necessity) increased his already stellar scoring habits. The Raptors took down a major competitor in Game 1 post-ASG in the Boston Celtics, and even managed to win two more against the Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks.
The catch is that Toronto sans Lowry just dropped one to this same Wizards team it’s going to face Friday night.
It was a blowout loss that was far worse than the score indicated (105-96), and it was indicative of the struggles the Raptors could endure against top- and second-tier teams the rest of the regular season.
As much confidence as the Wizards should have coming into this one following their blowout victory just a couple nights ago, you can’t completely overlook this Toronto team.
For starters, it’s the team that gets blown out that has the advantage next time, as it’s easier to look at film and figure out where you can improve than watching footage to anticipate changes.
But there’s also the more simple reason: Toronto is still talented.
Against the Raptors, the key is going to be containing DeRozan and not letting guys like Ibaka get hot.
DeRozan is likely going to put up numbers, but if you can force him into bad shots and low percentages (while keeping this team’s role players in check), you’ll be in good shape with Lowry on the sidelines.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
- Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Raptors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Wizards are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 home games.
- Wizards are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up win.
- Wizards are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win.
- Wizards are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
One X-factor in this one is going to be whether or not guard Brandon Jennings has a clean integration into the Wizards’ system.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Washington ATS
We’re not expecting his addition to be a distraction, meaning Washington should walk away with a second win in a row against this Raptors squad.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Washington Wizards 113 – Toronto Raptors 105
If you’re looking for more NBA picks like this Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards matchup? We’ll be providing 4* free NBA predictions on the blog during the entire 2016/17 NBA Season, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free NBA predictions!
CappersPicks.com has NBA Odds up on a ton of futures, and you will also find DAILY NBA playoffs lines up as well.