Wizards Go to Toronto Looking to Carry Their Momentum Up from D.C.

John Wall

Troy Haliburton

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 6:35 PM UTC

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018 6:35 PM UTC

The Wizards have proven to be better than the average NBA eighth seed and will try to upset the Raptors, but in order to do that, they will have to win at least one game on the road. Will Wednesday’s Game 5 be the best opportunity?

Washington Wizards (39-46-1 ATS) vs Toronto Raptors (45-40-1 ATS)

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Free NBA Picks: Wizards +7 and over 215.5Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

If “Bully Ball” was the best way to describe the Game 3 win, then the Game 4 victory was a testament to their skill. Washington pulled out a much needed win, 106-98, because of its great execution in the third quarter to get back in the game and the resolve of John Wall to close it out after Bradley Beal fouled out with five minutes left in the fourth quarter.

The Wizards were able to score 40 points in the third, matching their point total for the entire first half, by showcasing the adept skill level that makes this team one of the more dangerous eight seeds in recent memory. Otto Porter was the catalyst for the third quarter run, opening up the frame with eight quick points, including two 3-pointers, to get the Wizards back in the game after facing a 14-point deficit early in the period. Washington’s “Big 3” of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter all showed why they were each worthy of max contracts.

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Good stat from the Wizards game notes: they have outscored Toronto in the third quarters of Games 2-4 by 8, 11 and 11. The Wizards are an average of +6.2 in the third quarter this series and -7.3 in the first. Also +3.0 in the second.

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Wall finished with 26 points and 14 assists, including scoring 10 of the Wizards’ 14 points in the last five minutes of the game after Beal fouled out. Beal scored a team-high 31 points and hit 5-7 shots from three-point range to go along with the aforementioned production rom Otto Porter. Washington is realizing that they are not the typical eight seed and that the talent disparity between them and the Raptors is not as wide as the outside public thinks.

Toronto has two All-Stars in Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but still lack that third consistent threat to keep teams honest. During the regular season the Raptors were able to rely on their bench and depth to wear teams out, but in the absence of guard Fred Van Vleet, Toronto has struggled to find supplemental scoring over the last few games. The biggest decline for the Raptors has come from Serge Ibaka who averaged 16.3 points per game in the first two games of the series in Toronto, but only averaged five points per game in the two games in D.C. The Raptors will need their big man to step up and be the third player for them, but Washington has done a great job of being physical with Ibaka and not allowing him to get the open looks that he once had in the series.

In the fourth quarter of Game 4 in D.C., Toronto reverted back to their old style of play which does not include much ball movement and a lot of possessions ending up in DeRozan isolations. DeRozan is a good one-on-one player, but he was not able to get the foul calls in the fourth quarter that he got throughout the rest of the game that lead him to shoot 16 free throws.

So far in this series, the Raptors have taken care of business in terms of covering the spreads at home and the Wizards have done the same. Toronto will be favored by seven points in Game 5, but the Wizards have shown that they are not afraid of Toronto and the margin of victory should be much closer than the seven-point spread would indicate. Another solid play for bettors would be to bet on both teams hitting the over total of 215.5. In the two games in Toronto both teams scored a combined 220 points in Game 1 and 249 in Game 2. Look for both teams to get back into the scoring barrage and to hit the over total with ease.

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