Washington Wizards (17-31) at Toronto Raptors (19-30)
NBA Basketball: Monday, April 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Amalie Arena)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 224.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors collide at the Amalie Arena on Monday night.
The Washington Wizards have been in a real slump as they’ve lost 11 of their past 14 games and they will be hoping to snap a three-game skid after falling short against the Mavericks in a 109-87 home loss on Saturday. Russell Westbrook led the team with 26 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, Robin Lopez added 18 points on eight of nine shooting, while Raul Neto chipped in with 16 points off the bench. As a team, the Wizards shot just 40 percent from the field and a miserly five of 25 from the 3-point line as they got off to a sluggish start with just 19 points in the first quarter and things didn’t get any better in the second half where they were outscored by 57-40.
Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in rough shape as they’ve lost 13 of their past 15 games, but they will be hoping to build some momentum after arresting a four-game slide with a 130-77 home win over the Warriors on Friday. Pascal Siakam led the team with 36 points, seven rebounds and five assists, Gary Trent Jr. drained six 3-pointers to finish with 24 points, OG Anunoby scored 21 points while Malachi Flynn chipped in with 16 points and five assists off the bench. As a team, the Raptors shot 53 percent from the field and 15 of 35 from the 3-point line as they took control of the game with 35 points in the second quarter, before exploding for 46 points in the third quarter to lead by as many as 61 points.
Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a loss of more than 10 points and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. The Raptors are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games against a team with a losing record, 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team below .400 and 1-4 ATS in their last five games overall.
Head to head, the over is 7-0 in the last seven meetings overall and the Wizards are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings in Toronto.
The Wizards will likely without Bradley Beal once again and there’s also an injury cloud over Rui Hachimura who is listed as questionable, so the Wizards will be severely shorthanded once again. The Raptors must be so disappointed with their recent play as they’ve lost 13 of their last 15, but they looked amazing in their 58-point win over the Warriors on Friday. It’s tough to back the Raptors who have been so inconsistent this season, but with Siakam coming into this one off a 36-point performance, I like the Raptors to maintain their momentum with another win and cover here.