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Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards - 11/22/13

Washington Wizards (4-7) at Toronto Raptors (5-7)

NBA Basketball: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 192.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Washington Wizards head to Toronto to face the Raptors on Friday night in prime time NBA action.

Head to head, the Wizards are 3-8 ATS in the last 11 meetings and 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto. The Raptors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, but just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games. The Wizards on the other hand are 25-12-1 ATS in their last 38 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Eastern Conference, but just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.

Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards - 11/22/13

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Finally, the Washington Wizards are starting to show us something. Notorious for their slow starts, Washington hasn't looked all that sharp coming out of the gates, however, they are coming off impressive back-to-back victories and could well make it a third tonight. After coming from behind to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday, the Wizards then hit the road to take on Cleveland the very next night, taking down the Cavaliers 98-91 behind another strong performance by John Wall and Bradley Beal. While Wall is struggiling with his shot, he is top five in assists this season and has dished out 12.3 over his last three. Beal on the other hand has scored over 25 points in each of his last three outings and has all the makings to become one of the best two-guards in this league next to James Harden and company... 

The Toronto Raptors are coming off a double-digit win in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, but I remain unimpressed with this team for a number of reasons I won't get into right now. On the plus side, DeMar DeRozen is lighting up the scoreboard at the moment, averaging 33 points over his last three games. On the downside, he has only had four assists and seven rebounds in those three, playing an average of 40 minutes per night. So much for that eye surgury in the offseason that was supposed to fix Rudy Gay's broken jumper. Gay is shooting just 38 percent through 12 games this season and what makes matter worse, he keeps on jacking up shots like they are going out of fashion. Granted, their game in Houston went into double overtime and Gay was the reason they went into overtime in the first place, but he shot 11-37 in that game. Oh, and DeRozen went 6-25, together they managed to put up 62 shots.  

If I didn’t already have a pick in the premium section, then this would be it. I really like what the Wizards have done in their last two outings and I think they come into this game full of confidence knowing they can take down an average Raptors team. I think Washington wins straight up, so the points looks golden here..

Dan’s Pick: Washington +5

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