Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors - 10/20/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors - 10/20/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors (2-0) at Washington Wizards (0-1)

NBA Basketball: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Capital One Arena)

The Line: Washington Wizards +1 -- Over/Under: 216.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to start 3-0 for the first time since 2015-16. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 114.5 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 102.5 points on 40.2 percent shooting. Kawhi Leonard is averaging 27.5 points and 11 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 21 points and seven assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Danny Green is dishing 1.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have lost four of their last five road games.

The Washington Wizards could use a victory here to avoid their second 0-2 start in the last three years. The Washington Wizards are averaging 112 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 113 points on 39.2 percent shooting. John Wall is averaging 26 points and nine assists while Bradley Beal is averaging 20 points and two assists. Jeff Green is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing five rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 26.9 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 40 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have split their last eight home games.

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The Raptors are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Wizards are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

The Toronto Raptors are on the end of a back to back and it's tough sometimes to play early back to backs when you don't have your legs completely under you, but the Raptors are easily the better team here and are showing signs of being that elite defensive team I expected. The Washington Wizards didn't look good in their season opener against a Miami Heat squad that was also on their second game in as many days and were playing with half a roster. I'm not sure how you turn down the Raptors here in this toss-up contest. The Raptors are flexing their muscle early, while the Wizards are still the Wizards until further notice.

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Randy’s Pick Toronto Raptors -1

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

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