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The Washington Wizards make the trip up North to Scotiabank Arena for a road matchup with the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. The Wizards (14-9) are off to a strong start to the season, tied for third place in a loaded Eastern Conference. The Raptors (10-13) have struggled out the gate, but are coming off a 97-93 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto opens this game as a slight home favorite.

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Lines

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Point Spread: Toronto Raptors -1
Money Line: N/A
Total: Over/Under 210.5

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Injury Report

Aaron Holiday (illness) and Deni Avdija (illness) are questionable Washington but are expected to play. Thomas Bryant remains sidelined after having offseason knee surgery. 

OG Anunoby (hip) remains day to day with a hip injury. Khem Birch (knee) and Goran Dragic (personal) will not play on Sunday. 

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Preview

Raptors Defeat Bucks Without Giannis

Fred VanVleet scored 13 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter and the Raptors took advantage of Giannis Antetokounmpo sitting out with a sore right calf to beat Milwaukee 97-93 Thursday night. Pascal Siakam scored 20 points and Scottie Barnes had 13 as the Raptors won for the first time in four games and snapped a five-game home losing streak, their longest since January 2011. Toronto is an uncharacteristic 3-8 at home this year. 

Nick Nurse’s Raptors have struggled on the defensive end through their first 22 games. They rank 24th with a 110.5 defensive rating and have been routinely abused on the glass. Their defensive rebounding percentage is ranked 28th, with their undersized frontcourt players getting being outmatched. With that being said, Scottie Barnes has shown flashes of his potential. But the youngster needs time, and there will be growing pains for Toronto fans. 

Harrel and Wizards Playing Inspired Basketball

The Wizards posted their third win in four games overall and eighth in 10 contests at home with a 115-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. They followed that up with a loss at home against the Cavaliers. Montrezl Harrel is playing lights out averaging 16.6 points on 65.7% shooting to go along with 8.1 rebounds. The sixth-year Louisville product seems to have found his home in the Nation’s Capitol. 

Although dropping their last game to Cleveland the Wiz are playing rock solid this season, which is a far cry from their starts over the last several years during a long rebuild. They’re only averaging 106.2 points per game, but have ratcheted up their defensive intensity. 

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Prediction and Pick

Nick Nurse’s Raptors have struggled on the defensive end through their first 22 games. Gary Trent Jr. returned to Toronto’s starting lineup after missing the past two games because of a sore right calf, but forward OG Anunoby (left hip) and Khem Birch (right knee) sat for the eighth straight game. Anunoby and Birch will not play in this game against Washington. 

Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards have been playing a fresh brand of basketball this year, which is situated on the defensive end. They have been punishing teams on the glass this year, which does not bode well for Toronto’s 28th ranked rebounding percentage. Look for them to continue their winning ways and cover the spread. 

Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors Totals Pick

Toronto ranks 28th in pace through the first month of the season.  Nick Nurse’s Raptors have struggled on the defensive end through their first 22 games. Furthermore, they rank 25th in the NBA carrying a 110.5 defensive rating and have been abused on the glass. Toronto’s defensive rebounding percentage is ranked 28th, and they have had problems defending the paint all season. 

The total number has gone under in 10 of Washington’s last 15 games this year, which lends credence to their improvement on D. Trust this game to go way under the projected total. 

Jason has been an avid sports fan, researcher, and expert bettor for more than a decade. Holding degrees in business administration, and years of commitment to learning and understanding the game, Jason brings with him a keen eye toward unique, modern-day analytical approaches to betting.

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