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|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Washington Wizards||+1.5 (-110)
|Toronto Raptors||-1.5 (-112)
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The Washington Wizards have taken advantage of a beneficial schedule, with Russell Westbrook leading the way. The Raptors’ have the talent to compete, but their injury issues ensure that they won’t have the talent to come away with the win.
Washington Wizards def. Toronto Raptors (+100)
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|Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors Information|
|Teams||Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors|
|Location||Amalie Arena, Tampa, Florida|
|Time||7:30 PM EST, May 6th, 2021|
|How to Watch||NBC Sports Washington, Sportsnet|
|Washington Wizards||Head-to-Head||Toronto Raptors|
|Scott Brooks||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|30-35 (10th in East)||Standing||27-39 (11th in East)|
|110.7 (21st of 30)||Off Rtg||112.6 (14th of 30)|
|112.9 (20th of 30)||Def Rtg||112.1 (13th of 30)|
|104.0 (1st of 30)||Pace||99.3 (13th of 30)|
Leaders (Per Game)
|B. Beal (30.9)||PPG||P. Siakam (20.9)|
|R. Westbrook (11.3)||RPG||K. Birch (7.7)|
|R. Westbrook (11.2)||APG||K. Lowry (7.3)|
|R. Westbrook (1.3)||SPG||F. Vanvleet (1.7)|
|D. Gafford (2.0)||BPG||C. Boucher (1.9)|
|D. Gafford (.702)/B. Beal (11.0)||FG%/FGM||K. Birch (.587)/P. Siakam (7.6)|
|C. Winston (.471)/D. Bertans (2.9)||3P%/3PM||J. Harris (.600)/F. Vanvleet (3.3)|
The Washington Wizards are doing their best to hold on to their position in the eventual Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament, as they currently rest at 10th in the East.
The Wizards have been on fire in their last ten matches, scoring 126.5 points per game. It’s their pace that is causing the issue, where they’ve merely outscored their opponents rather than finding success on the defensive end.
They come up against a dangerous team in the Toronto Raptors who, despite a losing record, have a positive points differential on the season.
Chasing history. pic.twitter.com/VtQnbOnVLU
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 5, 2021
The Washington Wizards have been on a brilliant run, mostly due to the spectacular play of former NBA Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.
Over his last ten games Russell Westbrook is averaging a triple-double of 20.4 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 13.2 assists.
The Toronto Raptors have a number of gritty perimeter defenders, so Westbrook will need to overcome them if he wants to lead the Wizards to victory.
As stated jokingly by guard Fred Vanvleet, the Toronto Raptors might be “The best worst team of all-time”. A humorous take that represents Toronto’s struggles surprisingly well.
The Raptors are coming off of a loss to the LA Clippers, where they competed well but didn’t have the end product. Toronto’s leading scorers Pascal Siakam and Fred Vanvleet combined for 51 points but on 20 of 48 shooting, including a six of 19 night from deep.
It isn’t that the Raptors’ supporting cast isn’t trying, they simply just don’t have the means to support them in the scoring department. Once again Nick Nurse will look for production from unlikely sources.
FREDDY DOUBLE V ? pic.twitter.com/zTqvFSrAlZ
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 5, 2021
The Toronto Raptors put up a good effort in their last matchup against the LA Clippers. Starring in that match was guard Fred Vanvleet.
The 2019 NBA Finals MVP Runner-Up posted an impressive line of 27 points and 13 assists. While he was just five of 14, the lack of options due to injury forced Vanvleet’s hand.
Vanvleet will have his hands full trying to slow down Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal in the backcourt. But he still needs to maintain is offensive effort if he wants a Raptors victory.
Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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