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Wizards vs. Raptors - 1/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors (22-15) at Washington Wizards (15-18)

NBA Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Verizon Center)

The Line: Washington Wizards +1.5 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds

TV: Sportsnet One, CSNB

The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards square off Friday night at the Verizon Center.

The Toronto Raptors look to keep rolling after winning five of their last eight games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 100.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 96.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 22.6 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.6 points and 6.5 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 9.2 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.9 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 37.2 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 13.8 turnovers per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last 10 road games.

Wizards vs. Raptors - 1/8/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Washington Wizards need a victory after losing four of their last five games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 101.1 points on 44.9 percent shootign and allowing 104.3 points on 46.5 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 19.5 points and 9.8 assists while Marcin Gortat is averaging 13.5 points and 9.7 rebounds. Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing 5.8 rebounds and Ramon Sessions is dishing 2.8 assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Wizards are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are forcing 15.8 turnovers per game. The Washington Wizards have split their last 10 home games. DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries are questionable.

The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest. The Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 0-7 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Raptors have beaten the Wizards twice this season and both of those games were when Washington was healthier than it is now. Toronto is also the better team, so I have to side with the road team and the small chalk.

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Toronto Raptors -1.5

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