Toronto Raptors fights for playoffs

Toronto Raptors fights for playoffs

Toronto Raptors meet with the Washington Wizards for the first time this season in the regular season. Both teams are actually still hoping for a playoff spot, which is why this game is crucial for both of them. Additionally, coming into this game, these two teams are both coming from their respective victories. The Raptors had a six-point victory against the Chicago Bulls in a 104-98 win. On the other hand, the Wizards also came out victorious when they went against the Hawks in a close 119-116 win. These two teams will meet on March 3, 2023, at 8:00 AM (GMT+8), with the Wizards as hosts.

If the regular season ends today, these two teams will probably go against each other in the play-in. The hosts are currently at the 10th of the Eastern Conference, while the visitors are at the ninth spot. Currently at the 10th spot, the hosts are actually not doing well, having more losses than their wins. From their 61 games, they only won 29 matches, where 14 of those are played at home. The visitors on the other hand are no better as they also have more loss than wins. From their 63 games this season, they only managed to win 31, and 11 of those are played on the road.

Toronto Raptors

NBA: Toronto Raptors
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The Raptors is actually a talented squad, but their talents alone are not enough. Considering their talented squad, it is a little surprise that this team is now struggling to make it to the playoffs. Luckily for them, as they continue to fight for their spot, they are doing well in their last games. From their last four matches, they were able to win three of those matches after the all-star break. Additionally, they won against the Bulls, despite being ice-cold on the first half. They can gain confidence from their last match as they are in a must-win situation in this one. However, they need to address their issues in offense, as they allowed their opponents to shoot 52% in the field. Additionally, turnovers hurt them on that match, making them still feel luck for a victory. In offense, they are the 23rd as they have 112.6 points per game, and eighth in defense, giving up 111.9 points per game.

Paskal Siakam is making their opponents have a hard time, as he is very efficient both in scoring and in rebounding. He is chipping in 25.2 points per game, and 7.7 rebounds per game. Moreover, Fred VanVleet is also doing things for the Raptors as he is contributing 19.4 points per game. Unfortunately, Otto Porter Jr. will be out for the rest of the season after a surgery on his left foot.

Washington Wizards

NBA: Washington Wizards
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Just like the Raptors, the Wizards are also confident going into this match, following their victory against the Hawks. This is actually a dangerous squad if they are healthy and complete. However, injuries after injuries hinder them from showing their full potential as a team. On their last match against the Hawks, it was a jumper from Beal that extended their lead. They are luck to win that match, as they are already in a two-game losing streak. Looking at their statistics, they are not playing bad, but health issues are a major concern for them. They are shooting 48.4% in the field, and making just 35.8% in the three-point territory. They are also desperate for wins because they continue to aim for a spot in the playoffs. Offensively, they are at the 19th, scoring 113.1 points per game, but are at the 15th in defense, giving up 113.2 points per game.

Bradley Beal continues to lead the Wizards with 23.1 points per game, showing a monstrous performance on their past matches. Kristaps Porzingis on the other hand will finally come back for the Wizards, after missing out two matches. He is giving 22.8 points per game for the Wizards, a huge help for their campaign. However, Monte Morris remains to be out for the Wizards, due to his back issue.


Toronto Raptors
Total Under: 115.5
Odds: 0.89

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