Washington Wizards (43-39) at Toronto Raptors (59-23)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7 -- Over/Under: 215 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in game two of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.
The Washington Wizards could use a win here to steal home court advantage before going home for game three. The Washington Wizards are averaging 106 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 114 points on 53.2 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 19 points and two rebounds while John Wall is averaging 23 points and 15 assists. Markieff Morris is the third double-digit scorer and Otto Porter Jr. is grabbing five rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 88.9 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 53.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost seven straight road games.
The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to ease some tension and take a 2-0 series lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114 points on 53.2 percent shooting and allowing 106 points on 47.7 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 17 points and six assists while Kyle Lowry is averaging 11 points and nine assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing nine rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 53.3 percent from beyond the arc and 80 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 38.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won five straight home games.
The Wizards are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Conference Quarterfinals games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raptors are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Conference Quarterfinals games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wizards are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings and the under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.
The Washington Wizards were in that game until the very end and it actually felt like they had chances to steal it at times, as they had several big leads. The problem is when you have a chance to steal a road game in the playoffs, you have to do it, as there's a good chance you're not getting that chance again. The Washington Wizards are the worst team in the playoff field to me and aren't playing good basketball heading into the playoffs. The Wizards lack depth to hang with the top tier teams, and I question if Morris will be able to score 22 again or if Mike Scott can chip in 14 off the bench. The Wizards blew a chance to make this series intresting, and the Raptors have the ability to take their game to another level, especially defensively. I'll eat the chalk.