Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors - 2/27/14
Washington Wizards (29-28) at Toronto Raptors (32-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 197 See the Latest Odds
Two Eastern Conference teams making a playoff push will square off Thursday night when the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors meet. This will be the fourth and final regular season meeting between the two teams, and the Raptors have won all three.
The Wizards will be playing their second game without star forward Nene, who will be sidelined for four to six weeks with an injury. Still, they’ve managed to win four straight games. Over their last five, they’re averaging 102.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing just 96.4 points on 46.7 percent shooting. They’ve also shot 42.7 percent from beyond the arc. On the road, they average 98 points and allow 98.5 points. They are 31-25-1 ATS overall and 20-8 ATS on the road.
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The Raptors have won three straight and six of their last seven. They’ve been one of the hotter teams in the NBA and they’re doing it with defense. In just their last five games, they’re averaging 99.4 points on 47.2 percent shooting, but are allowing just 92.2 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Keep in mind they just held Washington to 93 points and 4-13 from downtown just a couple of weeks ago. At home, they average 101.2 points and give up 96.6 points. They are 34-22-1 ATS overall and 13-13-1 ATS at home.
Both teams are young and can taste the playoffs, so this should be a fun matchup. However, the Wizards have a little more to play for considering they’re fighting for the fourth seed and home court in the first round. Also, it’s extremely tough to beat an above-average team four times in one season.
Washington has been money all season on the road and will be playing this game with a chip on its shoulder.
The Wizards are 7-0 ATS in their last seven road games against teams with a winning home record.
I’ll take John Wall and the points.