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(59-23 Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (43-39)
Date: Sunday April 22
Time: 6:00 PM EST
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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As they say, it’s not a series until someone wins on the opponent’s court. The Raptors will look to do that Sunday while the Wizards attempt to draw the series even.
For as much as the Wizards played with improvement across the roster it could easily be said the Toronto Raptors beat themselves. Through three games the Raptors have turned the ball over 17, 14 and 19 times leading to 20, 13 and 28 points respectively.
That’s not to say there weren’t other issues for Toronto. The squad appeared a step slow defensively, forced passes and just seemed to approach this game without the same intensity. All except rookie OG Anunoby who once again proved his mettle not backing down when Markieff Morris got in his face.
Raptors ‘others’ who fared well in Toronto such as Serge Ibaka, Delon Wright and CJ Miles weren’t as effective with the Wizards defense contributing to their regression.
Fred VanVleet didn’t play again with his shoulder injury worse than first reported. His presence in the lineup for Game 4 is questionable. Pascal Siakam took stitches due to a errant Kelly Oubre elbow, but will play.
Washington is a different team on their home court with the victory marking their seventh consecutive home playoff win.
Washington also chose to utilize more of a bully ball approach with Morris getting in Anunoby’s face, Bradley Beal taking issue with Valanciunas, Wall somehow getting away with hitting Anunoby in the head while Lowry drew a flagrant for the exact same action and Wall also getting yappy with Ibaka.
Clearly the Wizards felt the need to make this a more physical series and the Raptors will need to prove that tactic won’t work.
Beal broke out of his slump producing 28 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Marcin Gortat delivered a solid bounce back response after seemingly being asleep in Toronto.
The Wizards won every category that mattered including doubling up fast break scoring and bettering the Raptors in points in the paint scoring.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Raptors are 6-4 in last 10 head to head contests
- Over Under is 6-4 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards NBA Prediction:
As noted, it’s not a series until a team wins on the opposing court and while the Wizards have been superb at home if Toronto simply stop turning over the ball it feels like the Raptors can return home looking to close the series. All season the Raptors have been superb at adjustments losing two games in a row only five times all season (just once after the break).
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -1.5
Wizards fans need to hope for a win because a loss Sunday will represent their last home court game as the Raptors will finish business at home Game 5 otherwise.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 111 – Wizards 105
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