In a rematch of one of the most exciting and close first round openers, the leaders of the East Toronto Raptors (59-23), are hosting the 8th Washington Wizards (43-39), who will need a bit more effort in order to turn the tables in Game 2 of this Eastern Conference quarterfinal.  Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors Game 2 Spread and Prediction.

Date/Time:  04-17-2018, 19:00 EDT

Spread: Toronto Raptors -7

Total: +214.5

Raptors finished the regular season with a 59-23 record (43-38-1 against the spread). They were placed first in the East and they have won five of their last six games. Wizards finished the regular season with a 43-39 record (37-44-1 against the spread). They were placed 8th in the East and they have lost six of their last seven games.

In Game 1 on Saturday, we saw an extremely close and balanced game for the first three quarters until the Raptors fought back and got away with a 114-106 win that gave them the 1-0 lead in the series. Each team owned a quarter in the first half, Raptors won the first 28-23 and Wizards the second 36-27. The score was 96-95 entering the final quarter, where the hosts outplayed their opponents with a 28-21 score and got away with the win. Raptors’ reserves were once again outstanding, outscoring the Wizards’ 42-21, while they shot a spectacular 53.3% from behind the arc. Ibaka led Toronto with 23 points on 8-11 shooting, adding 11 rebounds. Wright had 18 and CJ Miles 12 off the bench. For the Wizards, Wall had 23 points and 15 assists, while Morris added 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists.

Toronto have a 35-7 home record so far this season (second-best in the league), while Washington are 20-22 on the road. Toronto have both a better offense with 111.7 ppg to Washington’s 106.6 and a better defense, allowing 103.9 ppg to Wizards’ 106. They also have a better accuracy from the field with 47.19% to Washington’s 46.67%, while Washington have a better accuracy from behind the arc, shooting with 37.46% to Toronto’s 35.79%. Toronto are better in rebounding (44 to 43.1), while Washington are better in assists made (25.2 to 24.3). Wizards went hand-in-hand with the Raptors for more than three periods and Vegas odds give the Raptors a -7 spread in this game. Don’t expect them to beat those odds as Wizards will force another close game today.

Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors Game 1 Prediction: Washington Wizards +7 (-109)

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Nikos Lagouretos

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