Wizards at Raptors - 4/21/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Washington Wizards (47-36) at Toronto Raptors (49-34)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 190.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: NBATV, CSNB
The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors play game two of their playoff series Tuesday night.
The Washington Wizards could really put a clamp on this series if they steal both road games. The Wizards won game one, as Paul Pierce led the way with 20 points and Bradley Beal produced 16 points and six assists. Nene Hilario grabbed 13 rebounds and Kevin Seraphin dished 10 points off the bench. Overall, the Washington Wizards shot just 39.4 percent from the field but made timely buckets and played solid defense. After the first quarter, the Wizards really took advantage of the game and played with confidence. The Wizards grabbed 61 rebounds in the victory, as their size gives them an advantage in this series. The Wizards have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Toronto Raptors need a victory here if they have any chance of winning this series. In the loss, DeMar DeRozan was the only starter to score double-digit points, as he led Toronto with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Amir Johnson scored 18 points off the bench. Jonas Valanciunas grabbed eight rebounds and Louis Williams dished four assists. The Toronto Raptors shot just 38 percent from the field in the loss. The Raptors need to get more production out of Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross if they hope to get back in this series. The Raptors showed little signs of life throughout the game and must play with more energy. The Raptors have won five of their last eight home games.
The Wizards are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Conference Quarterfinals games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Atlantic. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 7-16 ATS in their last 23 home games. The Wizards are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings.
I told you guys earlier that the Wizards were going to win this series, and I was going to back them for much of this series. That doesn't change here. The Raptors just aren't a good basketball team and doesn't know how to play with a sense of urgency. I'll gladly take the better team and the free points once again.