The Toronto Raptors play the first game of a back to back as they travel to Washington to face the Wizards.
(10-6) Toronto Raptors @ (6-7) Washington Wizards
Probable starting line-ups:
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Bismack Biyombo SF – DeMarre Carroll PF – Luis Scola
Washington – PG – John Wall SG – Bradley Beal C – Marcin Gortat SF – Otto Porter PF – Kris Humphries
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 20.8 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 9.3 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.4
Washington – PPG – Bradley Beal 19.6 RPG – Marcin Gortat 8.3 APG – John Wall 7.8
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Toronto – PF – 101.1 (14th) PA – 96.6 (5th)
Washington – PF – 100.5 (17th) PA – 106.8 (27th)
The Toronto Raptors have won 3 in a row after a 103-99 victory at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Starting point guard Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 27 points. He also had 6 assists, 4 steals, and 3 rebounds. He shot 11 of 17 from the field, 3 of 5 from the free throw line, and 2 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard DeMar DeRozan produced 20 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. He was 7 of 16 from the field, 5 of 7 from the free throw line, and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. Starting power forward Luis Scola contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds. He was 7 of 11 from the field and 1 of 1 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward DeMarre Carroll had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. He shot 4 of 11 from the field, 1 of 2 from the free throw line, and 3 of 6 from the 3 point line. Starting center Bismack Biyombo tallied a double-double as he poured in 11 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. He was 4 of 5 from the field and 3 of 7 from the free throw line. The team shot 50.6% from the field, 54.5% from the free throw line, and 44% from the 3 point line. They attempted 22 free throws and only made 12 of them. They were narrowly out-rebounded 40-34. They scored 52 points in the paint. They held the Cavaliers to 28 points in the paint. They also held the Cavs to only 5 fast break points. The game was tied 49-49 at halftime. The Raptors outscored their opposition by 2 in the 3rd quarter and 2 in the final period. Tonight is their 12th road game of the season. They are 6-5 on the road thus far. Tonight is the 1st game of a back to back. Tomorrow they return home to host the Phoenix Suns.
The Washington Wizards are on a 3 game losing skid as they were defeated 111-78 at the Boston Celtics last night. Backup shooting guard Jared Dudley came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 19 points. He also had 5 rebounds. He shot 5 of 9 from the field, 6 of 7 from the free throw line, and 3 of 4 from the 3 point line. Starting shooting guard Bradley Beal totaled 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. He was 7 of 14 from the field, 1 of 1 from the free throw line, and 1 of 2 from the 3 point line. Starting small forward Otto Porter tallied 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. He was 3 of 8 from the field. Starting center Marcin Gortat finished with 4 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists. He shot 1 of 8 from the field and 2 of 2 from the free throw line. Backup point guard Ramon Sessions chipped in with 9 points and 3 assists. He was 3 of 8 from the field, 2 of 2 from the free throw line, and 1 of 3 from the 3 point line. The team shot 32.1% from the field, 86.4% from the free throw line, and 27.8% from the 3 point line. They attempted 18 shots beyond the arc while making 5 of them. They were 19 of 22 from the foul line. They were pounded on the glass as they were out-rebounded 58-46. They turned the ball over 22 times. They allowed the Celtics to score 42 points in the paint. They were outscored in each of the 4 quarters, by 11 in the 1st, 7 in the 2nd, 5 in the 3rd, and 10 in the 4th. Tonight is their 7th home game of the season. They are 3-3 at home thus far. Including tonight they play 4 of their next 5 games at home. Tonight is the 2nd game of a back to back. They are 0-3 in the 2nd game this season. Their next game is Tuesday at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Last season Toronto was victorious in all 3 meetings with Washington. On November 7th 2014, the Raptors rolled to a 103-84 home win. On January 31st 2015, the Raptors held on for a 120-116 overtime road victory. On February 11th 2015, the Raptors prevailed 95-93 at home.
The Raptors seem to be a bit back on track while the Wizards are floundering. The Wizards will be somewhat tired after getting smoked by the Celtics last night.
Take the Raptors -3.5 (1.86) (Bet365)
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