The Washington Wizards (33-41) are battling to stay in the playoff race as they take on the Toronto Raptors (36-38) at the Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.
The Wizards are 3-7 in their last 10 games but are coming off a win in their previous outing against the San Antonio Spurs (136-124). It was a much-needed win for the Wizards led by Corey Kispert and Kristaps Porzingis, scoring 23 and 26 points. Deni Avdija came in handy as well with 21 points, including 11 rebounds. For the Spurs, Keldon Johnson tried his best to make his team win, scoring 30 points in the process. Keita Bates-Diop chipped in 20 points as well but it wasn’t enough as the team fell short by 12 points. The Wizards will now face the Raptors, who are 9th in the East, and 5-5 in their last 10 games.
They managed a win against the Detroit Pistons (118-97) where Pascal Siakam took the lead in offense, scoring 32 points, along with 5 rebounds, and 9 assists. Chirs Boucher had a good game coming off the bench, scoring 19 points. They now have to make sure they win as many games as possible out of the remaining games to qualify for the postseason.
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors: Match Details
Fixture: Washinton Wizards @ Toronto Raptors
Date & Time: Sunday, March 26, 06:00 p.m ET
Venue: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Canada
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors: Injury Report
The Wizards only have a few injury concerns at the moment. Kyle Kuzma is questionable for tonight’s game due to an ankle injury while Bradley Beal is questionable as well because of a knee injury.
As far as the Raptors are concerned, they are dealing with a big injury list. Joe Wieskamp is out with a hamstring injury while Scottie Barnes is questionable with a wrist problem. Precious Achiuwa is questionable as well because of a hamstring issue and Gary Trent Jr. is questionable due to an elbow injury. Dalano Banton is out indefinitely with a thumb injury.
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors: Injury List
|Kyle Kuzma||Washinton Wizards||Questionable||Ankle|
|Bradley Beal||Washington Wizards||Questionable||Knee|
|Joe Wieskamp||Toronto Raptors||Out||Hamstring|
|Scottie Barnes||Toronto Raptors||Questionable||Wrist|
|Precious Achiuwa||Toronto Raptors||Questionable||Hamstring|
|Gary Trent Jr.||Toronto Raptors||Questionable||Elbow|
|Dalano Banton||Toronto Raptors||Out||Thumb|
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors: Betting Odds
|Washington Wizards||+325||+9.5 (-110)||O 220.5 (-110)|
|Toronto Raptors||-425||-9.5 (-110)||U 220.5 (-110)|
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors: Starting 5s
Wizards: F Kyle Kuzma, F Kristaps Porzingis, C Daniel Gafford, G Corey Kispert, G Monte Morris
Raptors: F Pascal Siakam, F OG Anunoby, C Jakob Poeltl, G Fred VanVleet, G Will Barton
Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors: Betting Prediction
The teams are tied with one win against each other. They will now meet for the third and final time today in the regular season. Both teams are in a struggle to qualify for the playoffs which makes this encounter even more exciting. The main difference between the two teams comes down to the defense. The Raptors are solid in defense, conceding only 112.0 ppg, ranking 6th in the league. On the other hand, the Wizards rank 16th in the league, conceding 113.8 ppg. So based on the current form and statistics of both teams, expect the Raptors to cover the spread at home today.
Final Prediction: Toronto -9.5 (-110)