Washington Wizards (45-41) at Toronto Raptors (61-25)
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 25, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Toronto Raptors -7 -- Over/Under: 214.5
The Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors meet Wednesday in game five of the first round of the NBA playoffs at the Air Canada Centre.
The Washington Wizards hope to keep riding their momentum by winning a third straight game and taking a 3-2 series lead coming back home. The Washington Wizards are averaging 113.3 points on 49.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.3 points on 48.3 percent shooting. Bradley Beal is averaging 21.8 points and 3.3 rebounds while John Wall is averaging 26.8 points and 13 assists. Mike Scott is the third double-digit scorer and Markieff Morris is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Washington Wizards are shooting 42.2 percent from beyond the arc and 82.5 percent from the free throw line. The Washington Wizards are allowing 43.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37 rebounds per game. The Washington Wizards have lost eight straight road games.
The Toronto Raptors need a victory here to regain control of this series and inch one game closer to advancing to the second round. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.3 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 113.3 points on 49.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 28 points and four rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 15.5 points and 8.5 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.8 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 43.2 percent from beyond the arc and 81.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 40.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six straight home games.
The Wizards are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Conference Quarterfinals games, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 Wednesday games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Raptors are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Quarterfinals games and 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the under is 12-4 in the last 16 meetings in Toronto.
The Toronto Raptors are in a bit of trouble, as they allowed the Washington Wizards to find their groove at home. When you have a 2-0 series lead, you want to keep your foot on the neck and win at least one on the road to kind of put things to bed. Well, Wall is playing with confidence again and Beal has found his shot, hitting above 50 percent in both home games and combining for 59 points. When those two are clicking and playing with that swagger, the Wizards are a dangerous team. Yes, the Raptors play their best ball at home and should be favored, but laying seven seems a bit steep. I like the value of the points here, as a confident Wizards team is more than capable of going in Toronto and stealing one.