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(59-23) Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards (43-39)
Eastern Conference Playoffs: Round 1 – Game 1
Date: Saturday April 14
Time: 5:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -8
NBA Betting Total: 210.5
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Toronto finished the season electing to play a full complement of players in an effort to garner 60 wins. The battle was a taste of playoff ball with hard fouls and physicality in which the Raptors pushed the Heat into overtime before succumbing.
Washington gave the Magic their seventh win in 28 matches and although John Wall and Porter Jr. were out looked disinterested and uninvested.
Toronto won two of three in 2017 and the squads split their matches this season.
This season the Raptors elected to increase ball and player movement, up their pace, replace mid level field goals with more perimeter shots and most importantly utilize their youthful reserves.
Kyle Lowry enters this postseason rested and healthy playing five minutes less per game in preparation for this very moment. DeMar DeRozan, shoots the three now and is dishing a career high 5.2 assists. None of it will matter however, if the pair doesn’t experience postseason success.
The Raptors x-factor is their youthful bench featuring Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, C.J. Miles, Pascal Siakam, Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira. Expect Casey to use them all.
The loss in Miami took a toll with Serge Ibaka taking an elbow to the face, Wade fell on top of Miles and Bam Adebayo delivered a body jarring hip check off an illegal screen bruising Fred VanVleet’s shoulder.
Nogueira left the previous game due to hamstring tightness. In spite of the bumps and bruises it’s expected everyone will be dressed and ready to play.
This squad is similar to the Thunder in the west in that both squads display superior ability versus elite squads and play down to the inferior teams.
That bad habit caught up to the Wizards who won just seven of their final 21 outings. TV analyst Chris Webber suggested the Wizards were losing on purpose to get this matchup, but it seems like an odd choice given the Cavaliers would be their next likely opponent.
Assuming the Wizards would purposely elect to take the toughest path to reach the finals doesn’t make much sense. Rather, rumors of chemistry issues on this squad seem far more likely.
Despite the obvious talent on the Wizards and the matchup offering lengthy wings and guards to capitalize on Toronto it’s a stretch to believe Washington can overcome their very real chemistry issues. Washington struggled with any tidbit of adversity, so why would the playoffs be any different.
Otto Porter Jr. (calf) sat the last game nursing a calf strain. He’s listed as questionable which immediately presents issues since he’s likely to get the lion’s share of time guarding DeRozan.
Mike Scott (concussion) historically has played well against Toronto, so like Porter if he can’t go it’s a major loss for Washington.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Raptors are 6-4 ATS in their last 10
- Raptors are 7-3 in last 10 head to head
- Over Under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
After a sweep by Washington in 2014 there is ample motivation and removing the monkey on their backs by winning game one will serve notice the Raptors are serious.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors – 8.0
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 115 – Wizards 95
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