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Raptors are in Uncharted Territory With a 2-0 Series Lead

Due to years of playoff letdowns, there was plenty of skepticism surrounding the top-seeded Toronto Raptors entering their first-round series with the Washington Wizards. But thanks to two impressive wins north of the border, the Raps have a stranglehold on the series ahead of Game 3, which is set for Friday in D.C. After failing to cover in the first two games of the series, the Wizards are 0-5 ATS in their past five postseason contests.

Xbet opened the Raptors as 2-point road underdogs with a total of 218.

SHARK BITES
  • The Wizards are 22-6 SU in their last 28 games after consecutive losses.
  • The total has gone OVER in nine of the Raptors’ last 12 games on the road after consecutive home games.
  • The Raptors are 10-3 SU in their last 13 games against the Wizards.

DeMar DeRozan collected 17 points in Game 1 but exploded in Game 2 to the tune of 37 points on 14-of-23 shooting in the Raptors’ decisive 130-119 triumph. Toronto dominated early, as the Raps were up 44-27 at the end of the first quarter. The Dinos’ bench has been outstanding all year long, and backup small forward C.J. Miles is 8-for-13 from three-point range in the series. This is the first time in franchise history that the Raptors have led a playoff series 2-0.

The Wizards’ stars simply haven’t been able to go toe to toe with Toronto’s top players, evidenced by Bradley Beal notching only nine points on 3-of-11 shooting in Game 2. The Wiz are allowing Toronto to shoot 52.4 percent from the floor in the series. Ty Lawson, who was signed by the Wizards on the eve of the playoffs, picked up 14 points and eight assists in 31 minutes off the bench in Game 2.

The OVER is 3-1 in the past four meetings between the Eastern Conference clubs and 6-2 in the Wizards’ last eight tilts.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those looking to pick the visitors as their prediction to cover in this one found the Toronto Raptors listed as 1-point underdogs earlier at BetOnline. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER total betting line for this game was set at 218 at Bovada but may have moved since the betting odds opened.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 109-104 win for the Raptors on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Washington Wizards are 43-41 so far on the NBA season, and 37-46-1 vs the spread betting line. The Toronto Raptors, meanwhile, are 61-23 and 45-38-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Washington go 39-44-1 and the Raptors go 42-40-2 on the total. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Washington vs Toronto injuries news.

The Wizards sit at No. 19 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Raptors are at No. 5 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Washington's No. 13-ranked offense (106.75 PPG) against a Toronto defense that ranks No. 9 at 104.1 PPG. The Wizards have averaged 46.74% from the field per game, less than the Raptors have managed so far this NBA season (47.31% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

 

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Toronto is 5-10-1 ATS in its last 16 games
  • Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Washington is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington's last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Washington's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Washington, Sunday, April 22

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