The Wizards are 2-0 ATS – with wins of 93-86 in OT (G1) and 117-106 (G2).
In game 1 it was the story of the veterans for the Wizards, but in game 2 John Wall and Bradley Beal combined for 54 points on 20 of 37 shooting from the field (4 of 9 on 3-point shots).
Kyle Lowry was banged up prior to the playoffs, but he has been a big disappointment so far. He has gone 5 of 20 from the field and been very ineffective throughout the first two games.
Amir Johnson needs to be inserted into the starting line-up and Patrick Patterson needs to get more playing time at PF. The Wizards often play small ball anyways, so Hansbrough shouldn’t be playing.
The bench was exceptional for Toronto in game 2 again and DeMar DeRozan played great (20 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field) after a poor outing in game 1, but that hasn’t been enough.
Toronto’s bench outscored the starters for the second game in a row and if the starters were able to produce more the Raptors would have at least walked away with one win at the ACC.
Don’t forget – the Raptors swept the regular season series (3-0) against Washington.
This is as close to a do or die situation as you get for the Raptors. Maybe the players felt pressured to win at home due to the strong #WeTheNorth backing – we’ll find out on Friday night.
It’s fairly simple for the Raptors. Johnson needs to be inserted into the starting line-up; the starters need to produce like they have all season and the Raps have to be willing to tighten up on defense.
Toronto also have to win the rebounding battle. Washington averaged 44.7 RPG (8th) and Toronto averaged 41.5 RPG (26th) during the regular season, but so far the Wizards are dominating the paint.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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