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Written by Steven Smith on February 17, 2014

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/18/14: Steve's Free NBA Basketball Pick Against the Spread
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The Washington Wizards will be hosting the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

The Toronto Raptors head to Washington on Tuesday night to face off against the Wizards.

The Washington Wizards are currently above the cut line in the East for the playoffs, holding onto the six seed at this point, above the Nets and the Bobcats.  The Wizards are sitting two games below the .500 mark right now, having a record of 25-27 on the year, putting them in third place in the Southeast division.  The Wizards are led by John Wall, who is putting up an average of 19.8 points per game this season, while also leading the Wizards in assists and steals per game.  Washington has dropped three out of their last four heading into the break, so this home game will be a nice chance for the Wizards to right the ship for the second half run.

The Toronto Raptors are playing well this season, currently leading the Atlantic division, sitting four games above the .500 mark at this point at 28-24.  The Raptors have the fourth ranked defense in the league right now, holding opponents to an impressive 96.9 points per game on average.  The Raptors are also one of the better rebounding teams in the league this season, averaging 43.4 boards per game.  Toronto had back to back wins ending their first half, with wins against the Pelicans and the Hawks, both at home. 

Toronto is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a losing record, and the Raptors are 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following an outright win.  Toronto is also 4-1 against the spread in their last five games following a win against the spread.

The Wizards are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games against a team with a winning record, and Washington is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following a loss.

The Raptors are the better team, and even though Toronto is usually poor on the road, the Raptors are an even 13-13 away from home this season.  Washington should give Toronto a game here, being at home after the break, but getting points with the better team looks like the side to be on here.

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