BetAnySports’ NBA Playoffs Tuesday Pick of the Day
Game 2- Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors
Current BAS’ Line: Raptors -5 and the total is 192 1/2
The Washington Wizards will try and take a 2-0 series lead against the Toronto Raptors this Tuesday night following a stunning 93-86 victory in overtime of Game 1 this past Saturday as 5.5-point road underdogs. BetAnySports has listed Toronto as a five-point home favorite for Game 2 of this best-of-seven opening round clash in the NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs. The betting odds for the total have been set at 191.5.
Washington rode a strong performance by veteran forward Paul Pierce, who was able to turn back the clock with another big time showing in the postseason. He led all scorers on Saturday with 20 points while shooting 7-for-10 from the floor. Nene Hilario had a big game under the boards with 13 rebounds to help the Wizards carve-out an impressive 61-48 edge in that department.
The Wizards came into the playoffs with just one straight-up win in their final four regular season games and the total had gone OVER in four of their previous five contests. They are now 17-24-1 against the spread on the road this season and the total has gone OVER in three of their last five road games.
Toronto did everything it could to shoot itself in the foot this past Saturday. Not only was it beaten badly under the boards all game long, it was only able to generate a total of 38 points from its starters including 15 points by DeMar DeRozan. The Raptors had four double-digit scorers off the bench including Amir Johnson with a team-high 18 points. Toronto shot just 38 percent from the field and 20.7 percent from three-point range on 29 attempts.
The Raptors came into this series in solid form with four straight-up victories in their final five regular season games, but they have now failed to cover in six of their last eight outings. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games. Toronto was ranked fourth in the NBA this season in scoring with an average of 104 points per game, but it has failed to score more than 92 points in each of its last three games.
It is not that Washington played exceptionally well on Saturday, but more so that Toronto played extremely poor. Look for a much better effort from the Raptors this Tuesday night as they salvage the split at home in this best-of-seven affair while covering BetAnySports’ five-point spread.
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