Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors Prediction, 5/6/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Location: Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Washington (-3.5)
Amalie Arena is the venue where and the Toronto Raptors (27-39) will play the Washington Wizards (30-35) on Thursday. The odds on this matchup have Washington as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 224.5.
The Washington Wizards stepped onto the hardwood against the Indiana Pacers and went home with a win by a final score of 154-141 in their last game. Washington finished the game with a 61.2% field goal percentage (63 of 103) and made 9 out of their 22 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Wizards knocked down 19 of their 24 attempts for a rate of 79.2%. In regard to hauling in boards, they collected 44 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 50 assists for the matchup as well as forcing 17 turnovers and having 10 steals. In the matter of defense, Washington let their opponent shoot 49.5% from the field on 53 out of 107 shooting. Indiana recorded 28 assists and had 8 steals in this game. Moreover, Indiana collected 45 rebounds (14 offensive, 31 defensive) and got 7 blocks. Indiana finished the contest at 84.0% at the free throw line by making 21 of their 25 tries. They also buried 14 out of their 27 attempts from downtown.
Rui Hachimura is someone who was important for this game. He left the arena with 27 points on 12 out of 19 shooting. He played for 31:19 minutes and also totaled 7 boards. Hachimura went 63.2% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that was a major factor in this matchup for the Wizards was Bradley Beal. He collected 5 rebounds in 37:21 min played. He ended up going 45.8% from the field for the contest by connecting on 11-of-24 (26 points). When all was said and done, Beal had accumulated 6 assists.
Washington enters this matchup with a mark of 30-35 on the year. They are averaging 115.8 pts per contest (4th in basketball) on 47.6% from the field. The Wizards are shooting 35.0% on shots from downtown (663 of 1,893) and 76.3% from the free throw line. As a unit, Washington is snagging 44.9 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 1,651 assists this year, which ranks 13th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They turn it over 14.7 times per game and as a group they are committing 21.6 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Wizards are able to force 14.7 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 22.0 fouls. They surrender 37.3% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 29th in the league in points per game allowed (118.1). The Wizards defensively are allowing a field goal percentage of 47.0% (954 of 1,427) and they relinquish 45.9 boards per game as a squad. They are currently ranked 10th in the NBA in giving up assists to the opposition with 1,582 relinquished on the season.
The last time they took the court, the Toronto Raptors took a defeat with a final score of 105-100 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The Raptors collected 30 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards for a total of 37 for this game. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while earning 10 steals in the matchup. The Clippers earned 14 fouls in this contest which took the Raptors to the charity stripe for 13 attempts. They were able to convert 8 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 61.5%. In relation to shots from beyond the arc, Toronto converted 12 of 35 tries (34.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Raptors ended up going 40 out of 87 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.0%. The Raptors allowed the Clippers to bury 39 out of their 75 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 52.0% for the game. They went 44.1% from downtown by shooting 15 of 34 and ended up shooting 12 of 13 from the free throw line (92.3%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Toronto allowed Los Angeles to get 42 in total (4 offensive).
Fred VanVleet was important for the Raptors for the game. He buried 10 of 24 for this contest for a field goal rate of 41.7%, and earned 2 rebounds. VanVleet accumulated 27 points in his 41:10 mins on the court and had 13 dimes for this contest. Another guy that ended being a contributor for Toronto was Pascal Siakam. He finished this one with 2 dimes in 41:41 mins on the hardwood, and he shot 10 out of 24 from the floor. Siakam ended up shooting 41.7% from the floor in addition to totaling 24 points and 7 total rebounds.
Toronto has a win-loss record of 27-39 so far this season. As an offensive team, the Raptors are connecting on 45.0% from the field, which is ranked 25th in the league. Toronto has earned 7,362 pts so far this season (111.5 per game) and they collect 41.5 rebounds per contest. They are dishing out assists 24.4 times per contest (18th in the league) and they are turning it over 13.3 times per contest. The Raptors are committing 21.3 fouls every game and they hit 82.2% from the charity stripe. The Raptors on the defensive side of the court are 13th in basketball in PPG given up with 111.2. They have conceded 25.8 assists and 45.6 boards every game, which ranks them 24th and 22nd in the NBA. The Toronto defense gives up 37.8% from downtown (914 of 2,421) and their opponents are knocking down 79.5% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 16.2 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 45.9% from the floor (8th in the league).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Toronto (+3.5)
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