The TORONTO and the WASHINGTON will both be gunning for a victory on 10/20/2018 at 7:05 PM when they meet in a game matchup.
TORONTO RAPTORS vs WASHINGTON WIZARDS
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, District of Columbia
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TV: 7:05 PM
PREDICTION: WASHINGTON , TORONTO
Oddsmakers currently have the WASHINGTON listed as 1 point favorites versus the TORONTO, while the game’s total is sitting at 216.5.
The last time the Toronto Raptors visited the nation’s capital they ended the Washington Wizards’ season in the first round of the playoffs. A very different Raptors squad with a new superstar leading the way invades Washington on Saturday for a rematch, with Toronto aiming to open the season 3-0.
Behind 31 points and 10 rebounds from Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors rolled to an impressive 113-101 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday, giving them wins over each of last spring’s Eastern Conference finalists (Cleveland being the other) to begin the season. “That’s a good home win. That’s a home win right there,” coach Nick Nurse told reporters after his team erased an early seven-point deficit by scoring 95 points over the final three quarters. The Wizards nearly had a season-opening win in their pocket before allowing a putback in the closing moments and falling 113-112 to Miami on Thursday. John Wall and Bradley Beal, who combined to average 49.2 points in the six-game series against Toronto in the playoffs, had 46 in the loss.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV, TSN (Toronto), NBCS Washington
ABOUT THE RAPTORS (2-0): Leonard is averaging 27.5 points and 11 rebounds through his first two games with his new team. Serge Ibaka contributed 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Kyle Lowry added 15 points, six rebounds and six assists for Toronto. Leonard, Lowry and Danny Green combined to make 9-of-17 3-pointers for the Raptors, who hit 41 percent of their long-range attempts against the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.
ABOUT THE WIZARDS (0-1): The Wizards lamented their inability to control the glass in the season-opening loss, as the Heat produced a 55-40 rebounding advantage and grabbed 22 on the offensive end, including one that led to the game-winning basket. “That’s really where they killed us,” Wall — who led the way with 26 points and nine assists — told the media. Beal’s 20 points included two 3-pointers for Washington, which ranked second in the Eastern Conference with a 37.5 percent mark behind the arc last season but opened 2018-19 by going 7-for-26.
1. Wall and Otto Porter Jr. both had three blocked shots against Miami as the Wizards recorded 15 overall.
2. Raptors G Delon Wright (thigh) has missed the first two games.
3. The teams split four matchups in the regular season in 2017-18.
PREDICTION: Wizards 111, Raptors 109