Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards - 4/18/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (46-36) at Toronto Raptors (49-33)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 193 See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards take on the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs.
The Washington Wizards finished the regular season with a 46-36 overall record which gives them the fifth seed and in the Eastern Conference and a matchup with the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs. For the Wizards to finish the season with 46 wins is actually quite impressive, especially because they had key players like Bradley Beal and Nene Hilario miss significant time after different stages in the season. For the Wizards, John Wall played all but three games and led the team with 17.6 points per game and 10.0 assists, while Marcin Gortat played all 82 games and finished with averages of 12.2 points and 8.7 rebounds, but as consistent as those two players were to start the season, the Wizards really fell flat once Bradley Beal started to miss some games and it wasn't until late in the season that the Wizards started to regain their early-season form just in time for the playoffs.
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Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors were going through their own rough patches in February through to late March, but overall it has been a pretty successful season as they finished with an overall record of 49-33 which awards them the fourth seed in the East. Kyle Lowry drove the team with averages of 17.8 ppg and 6.8 apg, while DeMar DeRozan led the scoring with 20.1 ppg, but he missed a total of 22 games which was somewhat of a blessing in disguise as it gave Louis Williams more court time and he has blossomed into quite a key player for them off the bench with averages of 15.5 ppg.
In ATS trends, the Wizards are 5-1-2 ATS in their last eight games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five road games, while the Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games.
Head to head, the Wizards are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and just 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Toronto.
I can definitely see this series going the distance and it's going to be a great matchup between Wall and Lowry, so for game one of this series, I'm sticking with the Raptors at home to pull away late in a close game and grab the win.