Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/26/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (49-36) at Washington Wizards (49-36)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: Washington Wizards -5.5 -- Over/Under: 197.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards duke it out in Game 4 tonight.
Not much has gone right for the Raptors in this series but they'll be looking to bounce back and keep their season alive after losing Game 3 by 106-99. DeMar DeRozan got the Raptors off to a nice start by scoring 20 of his 32 points in the first quarter while Kyle Lowry added 15 points, but both players combined to shoot just 16 of 51 from the field which really made it tough for the Raptors to score points after a strong first quarter, but they were able to stay in the game by forcing turnovers and sinking timely three pointers. Unfortunately, Game 3 finished much like the first two games of the season which means that the Raptors are now only one game away from being swept.
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As for the Wizards, John Wall had a monster game of 19 points and 15 assists while Marcin Gortat added 24 points, but when the game got close in the fourth quarter, Paul Pierce rose to the occassion and sunk a trio of clutch threes to finish with 18 points for the game. With the win, Washington extends their series lead to 3-0 and are just 48 minutes away from a second-round berth.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall, while the Wizards are 2-0-2 ATS in their last four home games and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
Head to head, the Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings in Washington but just 0-4 ATS in the last four meetings overall.
The Raptors will be desperate to keep their season alive but they've shown so little in this series to suggest that they can turn it all around. This should be another close one, but I still like the Wizards to pull away late and complete the series sweep.