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2021 NBA Handicapping
(30-36) Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors (27-39)
Date: Thursday, May 6th
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa Bay, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -1.5
NBA Betting Total: 233.5
On Thursday, May 6th, the Washington Wizards will attempt to stop the season sweep by the Toronto Raptors. The teams rank 10th and 11th in the East with Washington holding a three-game edge.
The Wizards have to deal with what the Raptors have all season which is a much longer flight than teams would typically be taking to play Toronto.
It’s something I’m not sure the schedule makers were considering as they prepared itineraries for clubs. The flight from Milwaukee to Toronto is a full hour less than Milwaukee to Florida.
Washington lost a nailbiter to the Bucks (134-135) which featured a 42-point effort from Bradley Beal. Russell Westbrook registered his 179th career triple-double (29 points, 12 rebounds, 17 assists). The Brodie needs two to tie and three to surpass the record of 181 set by Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson.
The Wizards attempted 43 free throws compared to the Bucks 28 and had their chances to win.
Rui Hachimura missed the match Wednesday with a non-COVID-related illness. Chandler Hutchinson sustained an injury (bruised knee) is likely out Thursday.
Deni Avdija (ankle fracture) and Thomas Bryant (knee) are lost for the season.
Despite leading in each game of their road trip the Raptors only won once as the team ran out of gas at game end.
Five of the Raptors’ top seven players were affected as Kyle Lowry played once, Fred VanVleet/OG Anunoby played twice while Gary Trent Jr./Chris Boucher missed all four games.
Nick Nurse offered a poignant statement on the adversity his team has faced saying “I wouldn’t call them hurdles — I’d call them cement blocks!”
The Raptors feel they are playing 72 road games. COVID knocked out three starters for close to 20 days plus Pascal Siakam, VanVleet, and Anunoby have experienced post-COVID-19 issues either directly related to the virus or subsequent injuries.
Toronto currently has the eighth-best odds to collect the top draft pick or 6 percent. That’s the same position the Pelicans were in the year they won the top pick (Zion Williamson).
Neither team had submitted their injury report so any of the seven players who were out on the road trip could be sidelined in this match: Lowry (back), VanVleet (hip), Anunoby (calf), Boucher (MCL), Trent Jr. (leg), as well as Paul Watson (knee tendonitis).
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Raptors are 10-0 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Raptors are 6-4 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
Free Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
There are two ways to look at this match. If Toronto is intent on trying to get into the play-in tourney they have to win but it might behoove them to lose and end their misery.
With Toronto’s solid core and quality development system imagine if the Raptors end up with Cade Cunningham or Evan Mobley. If that happened, the Raptors would quickly forget about the adversity they faced in 2021.
A win by Washington won’t numerically cement the 10th seed but it would come close. They were pushed to the edge versus the Bucks and are the team with the rest disadvantage but have lost only three times in the last 14 games and are 7-9 in second games of back-to-backs.
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