Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards Prediction, Preview, and Odds - 1-13-2019
17 January, 2019, 15:55
After taking care of two of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference in their previous two games, the Wizards mounted a late comeback attempt against the Toronto Raptors but ultimately fell, 140-138, in double overtime.
It's also technically a home game and the Wizards have been much better in those (13-8) than they have in road games.
Serge Ibaka drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime, but instead opted to shine the limelight on his "superstar" teammate. His jumper with 6.8 seconds to play in the first overtime tied it at 131.
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Kawhi Leonard led the Raptors with 41 points. Kyle Lowry contributes 14.1 points plus 9.6 assists a night while Serge Ibaka (16.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 blocks) and Fred VanVleet (10.5 points, 4.5 assists) are solid contributors.
The Celtics won eight in a row in early December and then put together another four-game winning streak at the beginning of January. Defensively, Toronto is giving up 107.8 points per game while holding opponents to 45.3 percent shooting. The Raptors ran an isolation play for Leonard, who attacked and pulled up from the same right elbow spot he hit a shot from moments earlier, but this one clanged off the front of the rim. Although Boston has struggled lately, Toronto has not won at TD Garden since December 2016.
The Wizards' recent upswing of five wins in eight games, all since it was revealed John Wall will miss the rest of the season due to left heel surgery, will be put to the test due to an unorthodox schedule. As he improved his play, Washington's chances significantly increased.
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Washington chipped away, helped by Bradley Beal's second triple-double of the season with 43 points, 10 assists and 15 rebounds.
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Had they not been for coming out of the gates strong, Toronto wouldn't have been able to build such a cushion to withstand Washington's furious second half. After the first frame the Raptors' lead was 36-21.
The Raptors came out of halftime on a mission once again. They were scoreless through almost four minutes of the second overtime, until Leonard managed a driving layup that brought the Raptors to within one point, trailing 134-133.
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Raptors are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -6.5 points against the Wizards.
While the big lead was blown in the fourth, Toronto continues to show the importance of starting fast.
It will be interesting to see if Kawhi Leonard plays in this second game of a back-to-back as coach Nick Nurse has wondered aloud lately about the possibility.
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