Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 10/20/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Location: Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, ON
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (+3.5)
Scotiabank Arena is where the Toronto Raptors (27-45 last season) will attempt to defeat the Washington Wizards (34-38 last year) on Wednesday. Washington opens as 3.5-point underdogs. The betting total comes in at 220.
The Wizards took the court against the 76ers and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 129-112 in their last contest. Washington ended the contest having earned a 49.4% FG percentage (39 of 79) and buried 8 of their 20 3-point attempts. At the charity stripe, the Wizards converted 26 of 33 shots for a rate of 78.8%. Concerning getting rebounds, they earned a total of 38 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 22 assists in the matchup while creating 8 turnovers and earning 4 steals. With regard to defending, Washington allowed the other team to go 51.2% from the floor on 43 out of 84 shooting. Philadelphia recorded 28 dimes and had 9 steals in this matchup. On top of that, Philadelphia grabbed 40 boards (8 offensive, 32 defensive) and had 3 blocks. Philadelphia finished 79.1% when shooting free throws by converting 34 of their 43 tries. They also made 9 out of their 27 shots from 3-point land.
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Bradley Beal is a guy who was important in this game. He racked up 32 points on 10 of 23 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 39 minutes and snagged 7 rebounds. Beal shot 43.5% from the floor and also dished out 5 assists.
Washington heads into this one after finishing with a win-loss mark of 34-38 last season. They averaged 116.6 points per game (3rd in the league) while connecting on 47.5% from the field. The Wizards hit on 35.1% on three-point shots (733 of 2,088) and 76.9% from the charity stripe. As a group, Washington snagged 45.2 rebounds per game and accounted for 1,835 assists last season, which had them ranked 13th in basketball in terms of passing the rock. They lost possession by turning the ball over 14.4 times per game and as a team committed 21.6 fouls per contest. When they were on defense, the Wizards forced their opponents into 14.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 22.0 personal fouls. They were ranked 12th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,762 conceded over the course of last season. The Wizards defense allowed and opponent field goal percentage of 47.1% (3,103 of 6,594) and they conceded 46.1 rebounds per game as a group. They gave up 36.9% from 3-point land while they were 30th in the league in points per game allowed (118.5).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Raptors went home defeated by a final of 125-113 when they faced the Pacers. The Raptors collected 32 defensive rebounds and 16 offensive boards totaling 48 for this contest. They also turned the ball over 12 times, while earning 8 steals for the matchup. The Pacers committed 19 personal fouls in this contest which took the Raptors to the free throw line for 29 shots. They were able to make 23 of the free throws for a percentage of 79.3%. In the matter of shooting from beyond the arc, Toronto made 12 out of their 38 attempts (31.6%). Overall, the Raptors shot 39 out of 97 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 40.2%. The Raptors permitted the Pacers to make 48 of 95 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 50.5% in this game. They finished shooting 40.5% from beyond the arc by shooting 15 out of 37 and ended up shooting 14 of 18 at the charity stripe (77.8%). With respect to how they attacked the glass, Toronto permitted Indiana to collect 47 in total (10 on the offensive glass).
Malachi Flynn ended up having an impact for the Raptors in this matchup. He knocked down 8 out of 22 in this contest giving him a rate of 36.4%, and had 4 rebounds. Flynn totaled 27 points in his 45 minutes on the hardwood and accumulated 5 assists in this matchup.
Toronto had a mark of 27-45 last year. Toronto accumulated 8,011 pts last season (111.3 per game) and they grabbed 41.6 boards per game. As an offense, the Raptors shot 44.8% from the floor, which ranked 26th in basketball. The Raptors committed 21.2 personal fouls every game and they shot 81.5% from the free throw line. They dished out assists 24.1 times per contest (20th in basketball) and they turned it over 13.2 times per game. The Raptors on the defensive end were ranked 15th in the NBA in points allowed per contest with 111.7. They were able to force 16.1 turnovers per game and let teams shoot 46.1% from the floor (10th in basketball). The Toronto defense surrendered 37.9% on 3-point attempts (1,001 of 2,641) and opponents knocked down 79.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They relinquished 26.0 dimes and 45.9 boards per contest, ranking them 26th and 23rd in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (-3.5)
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