The Toronto Raptors (11-18) travel to face off against the Washington Wizards (5-24) on Wednesday, December 27th. This game will be played at Capital One Arena. Both the Raptors and Wizards will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 ET.
Raptors vs Wizards
The Raptors Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Raptors were defeated by the Jazz in the most recent game, concluding with a score of 126-119. The Raptors not only lost the game but also failed to cover the spread as -5.5 point favorites. The over/under line for this matchup was set at 232 points, and the teams managed to exceed that total.
Coming into today’s game vs. the Wizards, the Raptors are 11-18 overall and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. In 29 games vs. Eastern Conference teams, the Raptors are 7-15 while going 4-3 in non-conference games.
For this season, Toronto has an ATS record of 13-16, along with an ongoing three game losing streak against the spread. Toronto has failed to cover the spread in two straight home games and are 8-9 ATS at home compared to 5-7 on the road.
The Wizards Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
The Wizards will look to bounce back from a defeat in their last game, losing to the Magic with a final score of 127-119. The Wizards turned the game around and came out on top, despite being in a trailing position at halftime with 63-60.
Across their last five games, the Wizards have gone 1-4 and are 5-24 overall. When playing at home, the Wizards are 2-9 compared to a 3-15 record on the road this season.
Washington’s ATS record is currently below .500 at 13-16 for the season. The Wizards maintain an ATS record of 11-7 on the road, while they have a 2-9 record vs. the spread when playing at home.
Raptors Offense Breakdown
Through 29 games the Raptors are averaging 112.4 points per contest, placing them 22nd in the NBA. So far, the Raptors are averaging 98.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. If the Raptors offense is going to turn things around, they will need to either generate more possessions or improve their overall efficiency. Currently, they are just 28th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Wizards Offense Breakdown
The Wizards come into today’s game as one of the better scoring teams in the NBA at 117.1 points per game (10th). Coming into today’s game, the Wizards will be looking to improve their 3-point shooting numbers, as they are averaging just 12.4 made 3’s per game. Washington appears to be a candidate to have some offensive regression as not only are they a below average outside shooting unit, but they are generating free-throws at a rate below the NBA average.
Raptors Team Defense
Currently, the Raptors’ defense holds the 18 rank in the NBA, allowing 114.8 points per game.
The Toronto defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.3% from beyond the arc this season. Opposing teams are also hitting 48.4% of their field goal attempts vs. Toronto.
Wizards Team Defense
Facing Toronto, the Wizards aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 126.6 points allowed per game (30).
When it comes to defending inside the arc, the Wizards squad is permitting opposing teams to shoot at a clip of 57.6% inside the arc, and they’re also giving up 37.3% from downtown.
Key Players For The Raptors And Wizards
In today’s game, we anticipate Pascal Siakam leading the scoring for the Raptors, contributing 17 points while shooting 7/11 from the field. During this season, he is delivering an average of 21.3 points per game, along with 6.7 rebounds.
On the flip side, our predictions place Kyle Kuzma as the leading scorer for the Wizards. We expect him to conclude the game with a team-high 17 while also collecting 5 rebounds. This season, he has put together a field goal percentage of 46.4%, and he is contributing 22.8 points per game on average.
Raptors vs Wizards Trends
- Across the Raptors last ten road games, the team averaged 114 points per game while allowing 120. Their record vs the spread in these contests was 4-6, while going 3-7 straight-up.
- When looking at their past five home matchups, Washington has an ATS record of 3-2 while averaging 115 per game. The team went 1-4 overall in these games.
- In their last five games as the betting underdog, the Wizards have a straight up record of 1-4 and an ATS mark of 3-2.
- Looking back on the team’s last five games as the favorite, the Raptors have a straight up record of 2-3. Their record vs the spread in these games was 2-3.
The Wizards come in as the underdog at +6.5, making them our top choice on the point spread. We not only expect them to cover the spread but also believe they have a strong chance of winning the game outright, especially if you’re aiming for a higher moneyline payout.
As for the total, the line is currently sitting at 238.5 and our model has the Raptors and Wizards finishing with a combined 220 points. Our pick is to take the under.
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