Raptors at Wizards - 4/24/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (49-35) at Washington Wizards (48-36)
NBA Basketball: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -3.5 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN2, TSN, CSNB
The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards play game three of their playoff series Friday night.
The Toronto Raptors need a win here after dropping the first two games at home. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 assists while Louis Williams is averaging 15 points and two rebounds. Amir Johnson is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Greivis Vasquez is dishing four assists. The Toronto Raptors have really stunk it up defensively, which has been an issue for this team all season long. The Raptors have lost eight of their last 10 when allowing 100-plus points. The Raptors better play with more heart or this series is over. The Raptors have won four of their last six road games. Kyle Lowry is questionable with an ankle injury.
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The Washington Wizards can pretty much put this series to bed with a victory here. Bradley Beal is averaging 22 points and seven rebounds while John Wall is averaging 18 points and 12.5 assists. Paul Pierce is dishing an assist and Marcin Gortat is grabbing eight rebounds. The Washington Wizards are playing some of their best ball of the season right now and getting elite production out of their backcourt. The Wizards are shooting 38.1 percent from deep in this series and have won 10 of their last 13 when topping 100 points. The Wizards have won nine of their last 11 games on their home court.
The Raptors are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games. The Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Washington.
I told you that the Raptors are a below average team, and they've proven that over the last two games. Of course, it doesn't help that Lowry is hurt and not playing well at all. Washington didn't steal the first two games to give it up at home. Take the Wizards and the small chalk with high confidence.