Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors - 3/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors - 3/2/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (43-17) at Washington Wizards (36-26)

NBA Basketball: Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Capitol One Arena)

The Line: Washington Wizards +3 -- Over/Under: 219 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards meet Friday in NBA action at the Capital One Arena.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory after winning nine of their last 10 games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 103.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 23.8 points and 3.9 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.6 points and 6.5 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.3 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 80.2 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won seven of their last 10 road games.

The Washington Wizards look for a statement win after winning five of their last seven games. The Washington Wizards are averaging 107.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 105.6 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 23.4 points and 4.5 rebounds while Otto Porter Jr. is averaging 14.9 points and 6.5 rebounds. Kelly Oubre Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 77.4 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have split their last six home games.

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The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 6-2 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wizards are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.

The Washington Wizards have won three of the last five meetings against the Raptors, including the last meeting a month ago. Getting a free bucket with the Wizards at home who are playing their best without John Wall is tempting, but the Raptors are simply the better team and have been more consistent. The Toronto Raptors are outscoring teams by 13.2 points in their last five games and 5.5 points n the road this season. We don't get small lines like this often with the Raptors, so I'll take advantage of it when I can.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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