Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
Capital One Arena | Washington, DC
October 20, 2018 | 07:00 PM EST
The Washington Wizards (0-1) will attempt to right the ship in 2018-19 after a disappointing 113-112 loss against the visiting Miami Heat in their season opener. The Wizards will get their second crack at a team on the latter end of a back-to-back, as the Toronto Raptors (2-0) come to the nation’s capital, just a night removed from a strong 113-101 victory over the Boston Celtics.
|Projected Starting Lineups|
|Toronto Raptors||Washington Wizards|
|Kyle Lowry||PG||John Wall|
|Danny Green||SG||Bradley Beal|
|OG Anunoby||SF||Otto Porter Jr.|
|Pascal Siakam||PF||Markieff Morris|
|Jonas Valanciunas||C||Dwight Howard|
The Raptors looked strong a night ago in an Eastern Conference tussle of heavyweights, led by Kawhi Leonard’s 31 point, 10 rebound effort. However, Toronto brass has decided to rest Leonard in tonight’s game, presumably wanting to keep him fresh after nearly a year of inactivity a season ago. The Wizards find themselves with the same projected starters as in their opener; Dwight Howard was forced to sit that game due to injury, and he is again listed as a gametime decision for tonight’s contest. Should he be unable to go, Ian Mahinmi would likely make his second consecutive start. But this remains a lineup with a focal point on the backcourt, as Wall and Beal combined for 46 points against Miami.
Washington should come out aggressive after a disappointing loss to say the least; and they might catch a fatigued Toronto team that made a red eye international flight and didn’t arrive in the nation’s capital until the wee morning hours. The onus will certainly be on Kyle Lowry to do a good portion of the scoring for the Raps in this one, and I think the Wizards backcourt has a little more punch with the combination of Wall and Beal. Washington should be able to shore up some of their opening-night defensive issues amidst the absence of Leonard, and I like them to tally one in the win column tonight.
Our Free NBA Pick: Washington Wizards -1 (-115)