Toronto looks to open up a 2-0 start on Washington with their second meeting on Tuesday night at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors took the first game in a comeback effort in the second half. The Wizards have now dropped six of their last seven games.
Wall needs to limit turnovers for Wizards to have a chance
Washington fizzled at the end of the season, but was able to cling to a playoff spot. The mediocre defense was the culprit once again in the opening game against Toronto, falling in a 114-106 final score. Not only could the Wizards pull off the victory, but they could convert their underdog spread of 7.5 points. Part of the issue was 3-point differential with the Raptors doubling up on the Wizards 16-8.
John Wall (19.4 ppg, 9.6 apg) finally returned at the beginning of April and will be the saving grace for the team should they be competitive in this series. In the opener, he was able to generate 23 points and 15 assists to 5 turnovers. He’s racked up a rather high 26 turnovers over his four games back from a knee injury. He’s had 23 or more points in three straight games.
Ibaka’s double-double helps Raptors take opening game
Toronto has now won five of their last six games after taking the series opener. The Raptors recorded a 53.2 shooting percentage and basically hit that same amount from downtown (16-for-30). They also had a slight 38-35 edge in rebounding and a 16-10 advantage in fast-break points. They overcame the opposition’s better passing ratio of 29 assists to 13 turnovers.
Serge Ibaka (12.6 ppg) posted a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds. He was able to hit a very efficient 8-for-11 from the field, including making 3-of-4 from downtown, and he made all four free throw attempts. Backup point guard Fred VanVleet (8.6 ppg) missed the opening game and is questionable for Tuesday’s game with a shoulder injury.
- Not available
- 7-20 ATS last 27 Tuesday games.
- 3-8 ATS last 11 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
Washington is going to be able to get at least one victory in with John Wall playing at this level. It may not happen here, but they should at least be able to cover this time around.
With Washington’s lackluster defense, they’ve seen the over hit more often than not in April — there hasn’t been one game where they’ve held the opposition under the century mark. Toronto has also scored 108 or more points in four straight games, and that doesn’t look like it’ll slow down anytime soon.