Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors
NBA: 7:00 PM EST
April 17, 2018
Drake and the Toronto faithful were treated to a close battle on Saturday, before the host Raptors pulled away from the Washington Wizards late in game 1 to win by a score of 114-106.
These teams played at a higher pace than they’re used to, to open up the series. It was the 3rd fastest-game in the postseason to this point, and for two teams in the middle of the pack in tempo during the regular season, perhaps a game speed we’re unlikely to see again in Game 2.
Wizards coach Scott Brooks has hinted at the possibility of bringing more double teams in Game 2 at the dynamic Toronto duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan. Derozan finished with 18 points, while Lowry overcame stomach illness to contributed 11 points with 9 assists, and the high man was skilled center Serge Ibaka with 23.
This is a pretty notable deviation from Ibaka’s average of 12.6 ppg on the regular season, so I think Brooks maintaining the defense focus on the Raptors’ combo of dangerous guards is the right move. Assuming Ibaka will regress more towards his season averages, Toronto will need to find scoring from somewhere on the floor other than Lowry and Derozan, since the Wizards will be putting so much attention on that backcourt pair. I think they’ll struggle to do so with a still-ailing Fred Van Vleet who’s questionable to return. I like the under here.
Our Free Betting Pick: Under 215.5
Bonus Free Betting Pick: Toronto Raptors -6.5