Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Prediction, 3/4/2023 Preview and Pick
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2023
Location: Capital One Arena in Washington, DC
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+2)
Capital One Arena is where the Washington Wizards will attempt to defeat the Toronto Raptors on Saturday. Toronto opens this matchup as 2-point underdogs. The total has been set at 228.
The Raptors faced the Wizards and took a loss by a final of 119-108 in their last contest. When it comes to personal fouls, the Raptors ended up with 21 while the Wizards totaled 12 personal fouls. They also knocked down 14 of their 30 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Washington finished the game shooting 79.2% from the free throw line by converting 19 of their 24 attempts. On top of that, Washington grabbed 43 boards (9 offensive, 34 defensive) and earned 7 blocks. Washington earned 30 dimes and had 5 steals for the game. In reference to defending, Toronto let their opponent shoot 51.2% from the floor on 43 of 84 shooting. They also distributed 28 assists in this contest as well as forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and getting 8 steals. In terms of grabbing boards, they compiled a total of 43 with 13 of them being of the offensive sort. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Raptors made 17 of 17 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. Toronto walked away from the contest having earned a 44.6% field goal percentage (41 out of 92) and converted 9 out of their 33 shots from beyond the arc.
OG Anunoby is a guy who was a major contributor for the game. He left the arena with 26 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He played for 38 mins played and pulled down 3 boards. Anunoby finished the game at 56.3% from the field and recorded 2 assists.
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Toronto enters this matchup with a win-loss record of 31-33 this year. They cough up possession 11.9 times per contest and as a unit they commit 20.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Toronto is collecting 43.0 rebounds per game and has accounted for 1,489 dimes on the season, which ranks 24th in the league in terms of passing the rock. The Raptors are connecting on 33.4% on shots from beyond the arc (690 of 2,064) and 78.1% from the free throw line. They average 112.5 points per contest (22nd in the NBA) while going 45.3% from the floor.
On the defensive end, the Raptors are forcing 16.5 turnovers per contest and they draw 20.5 fouls. They surrender 37.5% on 3-pointers and they are 8th in the league in PPG from their opponents (112.0). The Raptors are allowing a shooting percentage of 49.0% (2,596 of 5,300) and they relinquish 42.6 rebounds per contest as a team. They rank 28th in the NBA in allowing assists to their opponents with 1,673 conceded so far this season.
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Wizards went home victorious with a score of 119-108 when they played the Raptors. The Wizards pulled down 34 defensive rebounds and 9 offensive boards totaling 43 for this contest. They turned the ball over 14 times, while getting 5 steals for this game. The Raptors had 21 personal fouls for the contest which got the Wizards to the charity stripe for 24 tries. They were able to make 19 of those for a clip of 79.2%. In reference to 3-point attempts, Washington buried 14 of their 30 tries (46.7%). When the final whistle blew, the Wizards went 43 out of 84 from the field which had them shooting 51.2%. The Wizards allowed the Raptors to knock down 41 of 92 attempts from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.6% for the contest. They shot 27.3% from distance by shooting 9 out of 33 and walked away from this one shooting 17 out of 17 at the free throw line (100.0%). Concerning how they cleaned up the glass, Washington allowed Toronto to pull down 43 in total (13 offensive).
Kyle Kuzma ended up having an impact for the Wizards for this contest. He made 10 out of 24 for the matchup giving him a rate of 41.7%, and totaled 5 rebounds. Kuzma racked up 30 points in his 35 mins of playing time and accumulated 5 assists in this game.
Washington has a record of 30-32 on the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Wizards are shooting 48.5% from the floor, which ranks 7th in the league. Washington has 7,020 points so far this year (113.2 per contest) and they average 43.9 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 25.2 times per contest (13th in basketball) and they are turning it over 14.2 times per game. The Wizards commit 19.0 fouls per contest and they connect on 78.4% from the charity stripe.
The Wizards defensively are ranked 14th in the league in points per game surrendered with 113.1. They are forcing 12.3 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 46.5% from the field (6th in the league). The Washington defense gives up 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (723 of 2,032) and opponents are connecting on 80.6% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have relinquished 23.7 dimes and 42.9 total boards per game, ranking them 7th and 12th in the NBA.
Who will win tonight's NBA game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Washington (-2)
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