Wizards at Raptors - 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: See the Latest Odds
The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors play game one of their series Saturday.
The Washington Wizards ended the season winning five of their last eight games. On the season, the Wizards are averaging 98.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and are allowing 97.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 17.6 points and 10 assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 15.3 points and 3.8 rebounds. Marcin Gortat is grabbing 8.7 rebounds and Paul Pierce is dishing two assists. The Washington Wizards are shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from deep in their last five games. The Wizards ended the season playing some of their best basketball of the season. The Wizards have lost six of their last eight road games.
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The Toronto Raptors ended the season winning four of their last five games. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104 points on 45.5 percent shooting and are allowing 100.9 points on 45.9 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 20.1 points and 4.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 17.8 points and 6.8 assists. Louis Williams is dishing 2.1 assists and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are allowing just 41.3 percent shooting in their last five games and have won nine of their last 10 when allowing less than 100 points. The Raptors have won five of their last seven games on their home court.
The Wizards are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 2 days rest. The Raptors are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 vs. Eastern Conference. The Wizards are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Toronto and 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings overall.
I have the Wizards winning this series, so I see great value in Washington and the points. When healthy, the Wizards have one of the better starting fives in the league and have playoff experience with the addition of Paul Peirce. I'm going to back Washington most of this series.