Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors - 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 -4 -- Over/Under: 195.5 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors travel to the nation's capital to take on the Washington Wizards in Game 3.
The Raptors will be desperate to avoid falling into a 3-0 series deficit after two disappointing performances at home. On Tuesday, DeMar DeRozan and Louis Williams led the scoring with 20 points each while Jonas Valanciunas and Patrick Patterson added 15 points each but it still wasn't enough as the Raptors lost to the Wizards by 117-106. Kyle Lowry struggled mightly and things just went from bad to worse as he limped to the locker room during the fourth quarter with a bruised left shin and didn't return, finishing with just six points after scoring just seven points in Game 1.
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As for the Wizards, Bradley Beal led the scoring with 28 points on 12 of 21 shooting while Marcin Fortat chipped in with 16 points, but for me, the player of the game was John Wall who consistently blew past his man, broke down the defense and dished out to open shooters to finish the game with 26 points and 17 assists. The Wizards really look good now as they accomplished their mission by stealing not one but both of the road games to start the series. Either team could have taken Game 1 of the series, but the Wizards dominated Game 2 and will be sky-high on confidence heading back home where they will look to finish out the series in four games.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall, while the Wizards are 4-0 ATS in their last four Conference Quarterfinals games and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games following a win of more than 10 points.
Head to head, the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in Washington and the Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings overall.
This is basically a must-win game for the Raptors but they just haven't shown me enough to think that they can actually cause the upset. They haven't shown me enough at the Air Canada Center so I'd be pretty surprised if they suddenly flip the script at the Verizon Center.