Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Raptors vs Wizards Preview

The Toronto Raptors head to Washington, to take on the Wizards tonight at 8 p.m. and look to extend their winning streak to five games. The Raptors headed into the All Star break last week winners of their last four games, and are five and two since acquiring small forward Rudy Gay. The Raps look to make a second half playoff push, and are currently six games behind the eight spot holders the Milwaukee Bucks. Tonight the Raptors face a Wizards team that has been playing some pretty good ball since the return of point guard John Wall, as they are 10-8 since his return from his long injury absence. Wall has given the Wizards a major boost since returning from injury and his averaging almost 16 points and 8.6 assists, and will look to lead the Wizards past the Raptors tonight. For the Raptors, look for Rudy Gay to have another big game, he grew up in Baltimore and played high school basketball about an hour away from the Verizon Center. Rudy did struggle in his last game before the break, going 4-21, and the All Star Break served as a good break for him. John Lucas has been a pleasant surprise for the Raptors, since the major deal, and will look to continue his dominance off the bench. The Raptors have to take advantage of these games and close out these games early, as these ones are the games that help teams like the Raptors gain ground on teams ahead of them like Milwaukee.

Rudy Gay vs. John Wall

Since returning from injury Wall has put up some bug numbers and has lead the Wizards to play above .500 basketball, while averaging almost 16 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. His presence on the floor and skills will definitely give the Raptors trouble tonight. Rudy Gay on the other hand, since coming to Toronto has also given the team a major boost, hitting two game winning shots, leading the team to a 5-2 record since his arrival, and putting the Raptors back in the playoff picture. Look for Rudy to have a rebound game from his disappointing offensive production the game before the All Star break.

Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas.
Washington: John Wall, Garrett Temple, Martell Webster, Nene, Emeka Okafor.

Betting Predictions

For tonight's game I would leave the over/under and focus more the money line, by choosing the Toronto Raptors to win the game, as they have to take advantage of these types of games to gain ground on Milwaukee. I would also take the Raptors to cover the spread tonight which is 3, as they will most likely take the game by 7 or more. 

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