Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/2/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
The Washington Wizards host the Toronto Raptors at Capital One Arena on Thursday.
The Raptors faced off with the Bulls and went home with a win by a final score of 104-98 in their last contest. Toronto ended the contest with a 40.4% field goal percentage (38 out of 94) and converted 15 out of their 42 shots from beyond the perimeter. From the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 13 of 19 shots for a rate of 68.4%. Regarding rebounding, they earned 47 with 19 of them being of the offensive sort. They also dished out 26 assists for the matchup while forcing the other team into 19 turnovers and earning 11 steals. In regard to defending, Toronto allowed the other team to shoot 52.1% from the floor on 37 of 71 shooting. Chicago earned 28 dimes and had 6 steals for the game. On top of that, Chicago totaled 35 rebounds (6 offensive, 29 defensive) and added 6 blocks. Chicago shot 82.4% from the free throw line by converting 14 of their 17 tries. They also knocked down 10 of 25 attempts from beyond the arc. When talking about fouls, the Raptors ended up finishing with 17 and the Bulls finished the game with 18 fouls.
Pascal Siakam is one guy who came through for the matchup. Siakam finished the game shooting 38.9% from the floor and also recorded 3 dimes. He was on the hardwood for 34 minutes played and also totaled 8 boards. He had 20 points on 7 out of 18 shooting.
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Toronto enters this game with a win-loss mark of 31-32 for the season. They are averaging 112.6 pts per contest (23rd in the league) while going 45.3% from the field. The Raptors are hitting 33.5% on three-point shots (681 of 2,031) and 77.9% from the free throw line. As a team, Toronto is grabbing 43.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,461 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 24th in the league in terms of passing the rock. They are giving up possession 11.8 times per contest and as a group they are committing 20.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis.
On the defensive end, the Raptors have forced 16.6 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 20.7 fouls. They are relinquishing 37.4% on 3-point attempts and they are 8th in the NBA in PPG allowed (111.9). The Raptors defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 48.9% (2,553 of 5,216) and they surrender 42.6 boards per contest as a group. They are currently ranked 28th in the league in giving up assists to their opponents with 1,643 relinquished for the year.
In their last game, the Wizards walked away with a victory by a final of 119-116 when they faced the Hawks. The Wizards earned 32 defensive boards and 16 offensive rebounds for a total of 48 in the game. They also turned it over 8 times, while earning 6 steals for the contest. The Hawks committed 17 fouls for this contest which took the Wizards to the charity stripe for 20 shots. They were able to make 17 of them for a percentage of 85.0%. In the matter of shots from downtown, Washington buried 6 out of 21 tries (28.6%). Overall, the Wizards went 48 for 97 from the field which had them at 49.5%. The Wizards permitted the Hawks to convert 43 of 93 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 46.2% in this contest. They finished 37.1% from beyond the arc by connecting on 13 out of 35 and walked away from this one shooting 17 of 19 at the free throw line (89.5%). Concerning rebounds, Washington allowed Atlanta to collect 42 overall (13 on the offensive side).
Bradley Beal ended up being a major contributor for the Wizards for the game. Beal scored 37 points in his 35 mins on the court and accounted for 7 dimes in this contest. He knocked down 17 out of 30 for this contest giving him a field goal percentage of 56.7%, and accumulated 3 rebounds.
Washington has a mark of 29-32 so far this season. In terms of offensive execution, the Wizards are hitting on 48.4% from the field, which ranks 7th in the NBA. Washington has accumulated 6,901 pts for the year (113.1 per game) and they pull in 43.9 boards per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 25.2 times per game (14th in basketball) and they turn it over 14.2 times per contest. The Wizards commit 19.1 personal fouls per game and they shoot 78.4% from the free throw line.
The Washington defense surrenders 35.7% on shots from distance (714 of 1,999) and their opponents are making 80.3% of their free throw attempts. They have surrendered 23.7 dimes and 42.9 rebounds on a nightly basis, which ranks 6th and 11th in the NBA. The Wizards are ranked 15th in the league in PPG given up with 113.2. They are able to force 12.2 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 46.5% from the floor (5th in the NBA).
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington
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