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Washington Wizards (1-0) vs. Toronto Raptors (0-1) – Game 2 – NBA Playoffs

When: Tuesday, April 21st 2015 at 8:00pm ET
Where: Air Canada Center in Toronto, Canada
Watch: NBA TV & TSN

I know it’s only game two, but the Toronto Raptors are on the ropes against the Washington Wizards.

The Raptors started fine in the opener, but were terrible for long stretches of the game. Toronto were down big in the 4th quarter, but they outscored the Wizards by nine points (26-17) to force overtime. However, they fell apart again in OT and lost (93-86).

So, what were the biggest storylines in game 1 of the series?

For Toronto – it’s the fact the bench outscored the starters (48-38), while DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry combined to shoot 8 of 30 from the field. Toronto’s bench is among the best in the NBA, but the starters need to step up or they’ll lose this series quickly.

Washington can’t afford another collapse in the 4th quarter, but the big storyline was how well the veterans produced. Paul Pierce shot 7 of 10 from the field (4 of 7 on 3-pointers), while Nene Hilario had a double-double (12 points and 13 rebounds).

Game 2: Wizards vs. Raptors betting odds

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Early action has come in on Toronto to win the game, but the point spread action has been split evenly.

Smart money has hammered the game total and the over/under is now up one point since opening. The opener was low scoring, but these two teams are capable of putting up a lot of points. On Saturday, the problem was both teams shot the basketball very poorly.

Starting line-ups

Bet on the 2015 NBA Playoffs - Wizards vs. RaptorsToronto Raptors:

Washington Wizards:

Dwayne Casey was happy with Amir Johnson’s play on Saturday, but he’s likely to come off of the bench again. Johnson played 34 minutes in the first game, while Hansbrough only played 12.5 minutes. Either way – it’s good to see Johnson healthy for the playoffs.

Wizards at Raptors game 2 preview

Both teams are going to be expecting much better performances at the guard positions. Lowry and DeRozan struggled all game – they combined for only 22 points. Lou Williams (4 of 16 from the field) has to pick and choose his shots better than he did also.

Williams has been a scoring punch off the bench all season for the Raptors, but his shot was off on Saturday. Ross struggled too, despite sinking a couple early baskets. Ross ended up with 6 points on 3 of 11 shooting from the field (0-6 on 3-pointers).

Wall went 5 of 18 for 10 points, but he also had 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Beal was second on the Wizards in points (16), but he only shot 6 of 23 from the field (1 of 7 on 3-pointers). Thankfully for the Wizards, their big men got the job done in game 1 of the series.

Washington are a team that like to push the pace and the Raptors did a great job holding the Wizards to 13 fast break points.

However, the Wizards scored 52 points in the paint, considerably better than the Raptors 44 points in the paint. Washington had a big rebounding edge too, as they had 61 total rebounds (19 OREB) and the Raptors had 48 total rebounds (10 OREB).

Wizards vs. Raptors point spread picks

The point spread is small enough where I feel comfortable betting on the Raptors to cover ATS in game 2. Johnson, Williams, Greivis Vasquez and Patrick Patterson all played 31+ minutes and scored in double digits off the bench for the Raptors.

The #WeTheNorth contingent will have the ACC bumping inside and out all night on Tuesday.

Lowry and DeRozan are both great players and will bounce back. The Raptors showed everyone their bench is going to crush it and now it’s up to the higher paid guys to step up when it counts. The regular reason success means nothing at this point.

It’s time to put up or shut up for the Raptors and I believe they’ll tie the series up and cover ATS.

Wizards vs. Raptors over/under predictions

I’m also betting on the over 191.5 points before the total increases any more before tip-off.

These two teams both shot under 40% from the field and under 29% from beyond the arc. I don’t expect that to happen again and this total seems pretty low to me.

Neither team is great defensively, as the Raptors allow 100.9 PPG (19th) and the Wizards allow 97.8 PPG (10th). Toronto are also one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA at 104.0 PPG (4th).

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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