The Washington Wizards (36-26) will be at home in Capital One Arena when they clash against the Toronto Raptors (43-17). Toronto is a 3-point favorite on the opening line, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 216 points. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, March 2, 2018, and it can be seen on ESPN.
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards Odds Preview
The Raptors defeated the Orlando Magic in their last contest, 117-104. With 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry put together a solid outing. Toronto dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.181 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 11.5). Orlando was 0.160 and 12.5, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Wizards played, they were defeated by the Golden State Warriors, 109-101. Otto Porter Jr. led Washington in scoring with 29 points on 10-for-17 shooting. Golden State did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (25-30; 83.3 percent). Washington, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3 (above their season average of 23.1).
Of Toronto’s 60 games, 32 have finished over the projected point total, while 33 of Washington’s 62 games have finished under the projected point total. The Raptors hold a substantial advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 43-17 SU and 34-26 ATS, while the Wizards are 36-26 SU and 30-31-1 ATS.
Porter Jr. has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Washington, averaging 18.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game.
These two teams have already met three times this year, with the Wizards winning two of them. In the most recent game, the Raptors lost 122-119, unable to cover as 4-point favorites. Lowry led both teams with 29 points and also had five rebounds and five assists. The two teams combined to put up 241 points, which was 27 points above the projected point total of 214 points. The Wizards played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 and a great free throw rate of 0.282. For those same stats, the Raptors had marks of 20.0 and 0.229, respectively.
Toronto Raptors at Washington Wizards Betting Prediction
NBA Prediction: SU Winner – Raptors, ATS Winner – Raptors, O/U – Over
- The Raptors average 18.3 points off turnovers per game, which ranks third in the NBA. The Wizards rank 17th in points off turnovers allowed per game (16.6).
- Toronto averages 14.2 fast break points per game, which ranks sixth in the league. Washington ranks 11th in fast break points allowed per game (11.0).
- Toronto averages 12.6 second chance points per game, which ranks 15th in the league. Washington ranks 26th in second chance points allowed per game (13.5).
- Toronto is 17-13 ATS on the road, while Washington is 11-18-1 ATS at home.
- The total has gone over in 17 of the Raptors’ 30 road games, while 15 of the Wizards’ 30 home games have gone over.
- When holding opponents below 100 points, Toronto is 20-5 and Washington is 17-2.
- The Wizards are 33-15 when they score more than 100 points, while the Raptors are 40-10.
- The Wizards rank fourth in assists per game (24.7) while the Raptors rank 10th in assists allowed per game (22.0).
- Toronto ranks second in blocks per game (6.0) while Washington ranks 22nd (4.4).
- The Raptors rank fifth in three pointers attempted per game (32.5) while the Wizards rank 23rd (26.6).
- The Raptors rank ninth in steals per game (8.2) while the Wizards rank 13th in steals allowed per game (7.7).
- Toronto ranks fifth in points in the paint per game (48.5) while Washington ranks 23rd (42.6).
- Washington is 3-1-1 ATS with 4 unders and 1 over in their last five games.
- Over their last five games, Toronto is 3-2 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under.
- The Wizards have scored an equal number of points as their opponents. For the season, Washington has defeated opponents by an average of 1.7 points.
- During their last five games, the Raptors have scored an average of 119.2 points per game (7.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 106.0 points per game (2.5 above their season average).