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(59-23 Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (43-39)
Date: Friday April 20
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Wizards -2
NBA Betting Total: 218
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Trailing in the series 0-2 the Wizards get their shot at home for the next two games. Toronto jumped on the Wizards in Game 2 looking like the more desperate team. By the half Toronto led 76-58 and had scored 11 triples, both franchise records.
DeMar DeRozan is dealing with a lot off the court with his father battling cancer. Frank DeRozan sent a message to the team to encourage them and Dwane Casey said it caused him to tear up.
Casey has often referred to DeRozan as being like a son and no doubt the head coach is feeling rather protective of his star at the moment.
Yet, DeRozan is handling the situation with aplomb as he takes what the Wizards offense offers. In Game 2 that transpired into 37 points, tying DeRozan’s playoff career high.
At issue for the Wizards is trying to find resolution to numerous areas the Raptors are besting them in. Topping these are perimeter scoring, bench production, defense (particularly in the fourth quarter) and front court prowess.
Washington hasn’t been able to stop either Jonas Valanciunas or Serge Ibaka who are scoring at will.
Washington’s bench outscored Toronto in Game 2 63-42 after being doubled up in Game 1.
With Fred VanVleet (shoulder) more than likely back in the rotation look for Toronto to take back that edge in Game 3.
Scott Brooks seemingly resolved one issue by playing Ty Lawson and Mike Scott more. John Wall was spectacular (29 points, 9 assists) almost single handedly pulling the Wizards back.
The problem is he’s not getting anything out of his starting teammates. Bradley Beal has been shut down and Otto Porter Jr. while doing a decent job at slowing up DeRozan doesn’t seem to have anything left to produce offensively.
More concerning for the Wizards is Casey will game plan to stop Lawson and Scott for Game 3.
Furthermore, Lowry has yet to be a difference maker in a game from a scoring perspective and the Raptors bench unit plays better with VanVleet who’ll likely draw the task of defending Lawson.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Raptors are 7-3 in last 10 head to head contests
- Over Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
Can Scott Brooks get his squad to summon the passion required to make this a series? If the Raptors capture this victory, look for a few Toronto fans to arrive in Washington with brooms.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors +2
Despite critics who said the Raptors couldn’t win in the postseason they remain the far superior team in the series on almost every front.
With VanVleet expected to get more run and Kyle Lowry likely to be more active scoring this one could be over as soon as Sunday night.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 109 – Wizards 105
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