Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards – NBA: The Raptors have won the Eastern Conference to great surprise of everyone
That probably had them as the 3rd best team (very likely behind the Cavs and the Celtics respectively)
It was an excellent regular season for the Canadian team that will have “home-court advantage” throughout all of this post-season.
I think that this year they took very well advantage of the weaknesses of their opponents (the Celtics broke down and were left without Irving and the Cavs were never incredible, with the only other threats being momentary from the 76ers)
but we really need to praise the team’s work and I’d say that their main relevant aspect is their bench, that performed very well on Game 1 (42-21 in terms of points coming from the bench).
Also speaking about the initial game, the Raptors were “on fire” and I highlight the 53% accuracy from 3-pts range, while they were also better in points in transition and on rebounds. Ibaka did very well (23 points and 12 rebounds).
The Wizards ended the regular season with a 43-40 record and it was a very weak season for them honestly, taking into consideration they are normally a top 5 team.
The team was terrible on the final stretch of the season, winning 3 of their last 10 games, and on their last 6 games of the season, that would decide the “seeding” they’ve only beaten the Celtics curiously, losing to very weak teams like the Bulls, Hawks and the Magic.
I also wanted to highlight that John Wall’s injury took a lot of quality from the team, as it was expected.
Now speaking about game 1, the team defended very poorly, like we can see by the stats that I’ve mentioned and besides that, the Wizards only scored half the 3-pt shots that their opponents scored.
John Wall (that made his return at the start of the month) did like he was expected to, finishing with 23 points and 15 assists. Deep down,
I think they actually played decently, despite their poor defence.
Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Another complicated game for both teams. I believe that the Raptors might win but game 1 was already hard and despite so many favourable statistics to the Canadians,
the victory was only by 1 points (and they were winning by only 1 going into the 4th quarter).
With the level that Wall has been presenting, I believe the Wizards will keep this game tight.