I’m now 2-0 in Raptors picks as Toronto (+2.5) beat Boston 110-107 on Wednesday. Tonight they play at home versus the Washington Wizards.
Washington Wizards (4-1) @ (4-1) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Washington– Point Guard – John Wall Shooting Guard – Garrett Temple C- Marcin Gortat Small Forward – Paul Pierce Power Forward – Nene Hilario
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Washington – Points Per Game – John Wall 21.4 Rebounds Per Game – Marcin Gortat 9.0 Assists Per Game – John Wall 10.0
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 21.8 RPG – Amir Johnson 7.5 APG – Kyle Lowry 5.8
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Washington – Points For (Per Game) – 100.4 (14th) Points Against (Per Game) – 95.8 (T10th)
Toronto – PF – 105.8 (4th) PA – 99.8 (19th)
The Washington Wizards come in to this evening’s game winners of their last 4 games. On Wednesday they were victorious at home versus the Pacers 96-94 in overtime. Point guard John Wall had a double-double with 31 points and 10 assists. He shot 11 of 21 from the field in 43 minutes. He also grabbed 6 rebounds. Center Marcin Gortat had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 4 of 10 in 39 minutes. Shooting guard Garrett Temple had 16 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. He shot 6 of 14 in 43 minutes. Small forward Paul Pierce netted 11 points in 37 minutes. He struggled from the field as he shot 3 of 15. The team shot 37.4% from the field, 41.2% from the 3 point line (7-17), and 91.3% from the free throw line (21-23). They were out-rebounded 57-43. Washington is 2-1 on the road this season. Tonight is the first game of a back to back.
The Toronto Raptors have started out the season with a 4-1 record. They are currently on a 2 game winning streak. On Wednesday the team defeated the Celtics in Boston 110-107. Point guard Kyle Lowry led the team with 35 points on 12 of 17 shooting in 36 minutes of action. He was 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan chipped in with 23 points and 6 assists. He was 9 of 25 from the field in 40 minutes on the floor. Power forward Patrick Patterson scored 14 points on 5 of 8 shooting. He was 4 of 6 from the 3 point line. The team shot 48.3% from the field, 43.8% from the 3 point line (7-16), and 82.6% from the free throw line (19-23). The Raptors were down 35-23 after the 1st quarter. They outscored the Celtics by 16 points the rest of the way. The team was badly out-rebounded 55-24 in the game. They forced the Celtics to turn the ball over 27 times compared to their 7 times. Toronto is 2-0 at home this season. Tonight begins a 7 game home stand.
Last season Toronto was victorious in 3 of 4 meetings with Washington.
The Wizards are playing pretty tight defense thus far through 5 games and I think they are going to limit the amount good looks that DeRozan and Lowry get. I expect John Wall to have a big game. Take the Wizards +2.5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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