Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards Free Prediction Game 3 NBA Playoffs April 24th

I was incorrect on my last Raptors free prediction as the Raptors (-4.5) were downed 117-106 in game 2 of their best of 7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series versus the Washington Wizards. Tonight is game 3 of the series.

 Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards – Game 3 – Wizards lead 2-0

 

Probable starting line-ups:

Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry  SG – DeMar DeRozan  C – Jonas Valanciunas  SF – Terrence Ross  PF – Tyler Hansbrough

Washington – PG – John Wall  SG – Bradley Beal  C – Marcin Gortat  SF – Paul Pierce  PF – Nene Hilario

Series Leaders:

Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 17.5  RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.0  APG – DeMar DeRozan 6.5

Washington – PPG – Bradley Beal 22.0  RPG – Nene Hilario 11.0  APG – John Wall 12.5

Series Summary:

Game 1 – Washington 93 Toronto 86 (1 ot)

Game 2 – Washington 117 Toronto 106

Overview:

In a game 2 defeat the Toronto Raptors wed led in scoring by guard shooting DeMar Derozan and backup shooting guard Louis Williams as each scored 20 points. DeRozan was 9 of 18 from the field and 2 of 3 from the free throw line in 41 minutes. He also had 7 assists and 4 rebounds. Williams was 5 of 13 from the field and 10 of 10 from the free throw line in 27 reserve minutes. He also had 3 steals. Center Jonas Valanciunas notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. He was 5 of 11 from the field and 5 of 6 from the free throw line in 29 minutes. Backup power forward Patrick Patterson netted 15 points on 6 of 6 shooting in 25 minutes off the bench. He also had 4 rebounds. Backup power forward Amir Johnson finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds. He was 4 of 5 from the field and 2 of 5 from the free throw line in 19 reserve minutes. The team shot 48.8% from the field, 38.9% from the 3 point line (7-18), and 65.6% from the 3 point line (21-32). The Raptors have lost their last 4 playoff games and they’ve lost 8 of their last 9 road playoff games.

The Washington Wizards were led in scoring by shooting guard Bradley Beal’s 28 points. He was 12 of 21 from the field in 42 minutes. He also had 5 rebounds. Point guard John Wall had a spectacular outing as he finished with 26 points and 17 assists. He was 8 of 16 from the field and 8 of 11 from the free throw line in 40 minutes. Center Marcin Gortat contributed with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks. He was 7 of 9 from the field in 28 minutes. Backup small forward Otto Porter Jr chipped in with 15 points and 9 rebounds. He was 6 of 8 from the field in 35 reserve minutes. Small forward Paul Pierce notched 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was 2 of 7 from the field and 4 of 6 from the free throw line in 27 minutes. Power forward Nene Hilario had 6 points and 9 rebounds. He was 3 of 5 from the field in 25 minutes. The team shot 53.2% from the field, 47.6% from the 3 point line (10-21), and 67.6% from the free throw line (23-34). The Wizards controlled the glass as they out-rebounded the Raptors 45-28. The Wizards took a 22 point lead in to the 4th quarter. The Wizards have lost 4 of their last 5 home playoff games.

Game 4 is Sunday at Washington.

Prediction:

The Wizards took the first 2 games of the series on the road. The Raptors now have a big-time uphill battle to get back in this series. I thought this series would possibly go the full 7 games but right now the Wizards look like the much more poised team. Take the Wizards -4.5 (1.90) (Bet365)

 

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