Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Game 2 Odds, Analysis, NBA Betting Pick
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The top-seeded Toronto Raptors finally broke their playoff series opener skid and will look to go up 2-0 on Tuesday when they host the Washington Wizards as solid home favorites for Game 2 at the Air Canada Centre. The Raptors had lost 10 consecutive Games 1s in the postseason but picked up a 114-106 victory on Saturday behind 23 points and 12 rebounds from Serge Ibaka.
NBA betting pick, via OddsShark computer:111.2–94.8, Raptors (NBA picks on every game)
Why the Wizards can cover the spread
Washington led Toronto 59-55 at halftime and did some good things in Game 1 before letting it slip away after the intermission. The Wizards got 42 points from the backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal, who outscored their counterparts for the Raptors by a 14-point margin.
Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan particularly struggled, totaling 17 points on 6-of-17 shooting while Kyle Lowry had 11 and five turnovers. If Wall and Beal can turn in a similar performance in Game 2 and finish out stronger, they can cover and win.
Why the Raptors can cover the spread
The fact that the Raptors won handily and covered the spread as 7.5-point favorites in Game 1 despite DeRozan and Lowry struggling should be viewed more as a positive than a negative. This is arguably the deepest team in the Eastern Conference, and they can overcome off nights by some of their top players easier than most others.
Ibaka proved why he was viewed as a key piece to what they hope will be a championship puzzle when he was acquired by Toronto last season before the trade deadline. The Raptors are now 9-3 straight up in the past 12 meetings with Washington, according to the OddsShark NBA Database, covering seven of the last 10 in the series.
Smart betting pick
The Wizards had split the previous four meetings before the series opener, and all four were played without Wall, who made just 6-of-20 shots from the field but scored a team-high 23 points and dished out 15 assists in Game 1. Wall’s presence is huge in this series since he finally looks to be healthy again, and he will be the deciding factor in Game 2. Look for Washington to keep this one close and at least cover the spread here.
NBA betting trends
Washington is 2-5 ATS in its last seven games.
Toronto is 4-1-1 ATS in its last six games.
The total has gone under in eight of Toronto’s last 12 games against Washington.
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April 17, 2018 at 05:46AM