Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards - 2/27/14
Washington Wizards (28-28) at Toronto Raptors (31-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
John Wall and the Washington Wizards continue their playoff push tonight when they take on the Toronto Raptors.
The Wizards have responded from a three-game losing streak with four wins on the trot after cruising past the Magic by 115-106 on Tuesday. John Wall led the way with 27 points while Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat added 21 points apiece, but the real x-factor for the Wizards' recent success has been the play of Trevor Ariza who is averaging 15 points and has made 3.2 three pointers per game while shooting 60 percent from the field during the teams' four-game win streak. Washington is now 29-28 on the season and 15-14 at home where they've won three of their last four.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors have won six of their last seven and will be looking to build on a three-game win streak after sneaking past the Cavaliers by 99-93 on Tuesday. Kyle Lowry had a terrible shooting night, shooting just three of 15 and missing all nine three-point attempts to finish with 13 points, so the Raptors turned to DeMar DeRozan who poured in 33 points and Terrence Ross who made five three pointers on his way to 19 points. Jonas Valanciunas played just 17 minutes and coach Casey might use the excuse of matchups, but this has been a regular occurence this season which usually points to the center's inability to defend stretch forwards like the Cavaliers' Spencer Hawes.
In ATS trends, the Wizards are 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 7-2 ATS in their last nine games against a team with a winning record, while the Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a win and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games.
Head to head, the Wizards are 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall and 1-6 ATS in the last seven meetings in Toronto.
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