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Raptors face Wizards: NBA odds preview

Toronto RaptorsWashington Wizards
15-15January 03, 2014, 07:00 | Verizon Center14-15

The Washington Wizards host Toronto on Friday, looking to build on their 14-15 mark against the 15-15 Raptors in NBA action at Verizon Center.

This season the Wizards are 14-15 overall and 16-12-1 ATS against the number, while the Raptors are 15-15 and 16-14 ATS. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news). As for the totals, Washington is 17-12 on the OU, and Toronto is 17-13.

View Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Odds and Stats.

Washington opened as -2-point Favorite at online sportsbook BetOnline, while the NBA total was sitting around 194.5 at Sportsbook.ag for those who prefer OVER/UNDER betting.

According to new Power Rankings at Odds Shark, it's the No. 13-rated Wizards and the No. 15-rated Raptors in this matchup. Predictive computer formulas point to a 93-91 win for the Raptors on Friday.

Toronto was a 95-82 winner in its last match at home against the Pacers. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 177 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Raptors got a 26-point performance from DeMar DeRozan as Toronto ran past Indiana 95-82 on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.

The Wizards were an 87-78 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Mavericks. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites, while the total score (165) made winners of UNDER bettors. John Wall scored 22 points in a failed effort to lead the Wizards to victory (they lost 87-78 to Dallas at Verizon Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 19-ranked offense (98.86 PPG) against a Raptors defense that ranks No. 8 at 97.63 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 44.71% from the field per game, more than the Raptors have managed so far this season (43.36% on average).

A few Raptors at Wizards trends to consider:
Toronto is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games
Toronto is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Washington is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Washington's last 9 games
Washington is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Miami, Sunday, January 5th
Washington home to Golden State, Sunday, January 5th