The Raptors had a third straight win when they beat the Detroit Pistons 112-99 on the road on Wednesday night.
Pascal Siakam scored 26 points and was 6 of 11 from 3-point range. Serge Ibaka added 25 points, while Kyle Lowry had 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for a triple-double.
The win against the Pistons did come at a heavy Price though. Already without guard Fred VanVleet going into the game because of right knee injury, the Raptors lost Marc Gasol in the first quarter with a left hamstring strain and then, with 3:17 left in the fourth, Norman Powell left the court holding onto his left shoulder.
The Raptors are only averaging 111.7 points per game this season, but their defensive strength has ensured that they are only allowing 105.4 points per game. Toronto have been getting 46.3 boards per game, while they are managing 25.3 assists per game.
The Raptors are 11-3 with home-court advantage this season.
The Wizards have lost five of their last six games, with the latest defeat coming with a 110-109 OT home-court loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night.
It was little short of a disaster for Washington, who allowed the Bulls to rally from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter before Wendell Carter Jr. made a layup with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to win it for Chicago, with Bradley Beal missing a jumper at the buzzer for the Wizards that bounced on the rim.
Davis Bertans led the scoring for Washington with 26 points, with Beal finishing on 22.
The Wizards have averaged 117.7 points per game, but they have allowed 121.8 points per game. The Wizards have been getting 41.6 boards per game, while they have managed to get 27.8 assists a game.
Washington are 4-11 on the road this season.
Player Match Up: Pascal Siakam vs Bradley Beal
With injury concerns over several of his teammates, there will be even more focus on Pascal Siakam as the key player for the Raptors in this game.
Siakam is now averaging 25.1 Points per Game (PPG) for the Raptors, with 8.0 rebounds per game (RPG). Pascal stands just below 46 when shooting from the floor at 45.7 % and is at 81.3% from the line.
Beal leads the way for the Wizards in scoring for the season, with 27.6 PPG (which places him 6th overall this season). He’s at 4.8 RPG and is hitting 43.8% when shooting from the floor. From the free throw line he’s 83.2%.
Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Betting Lines & Pick
On paper this looks like a fairly straightforward game for the Raptors, but the Wizards do provide an attacking threat and, although Fred VanVleett could potentially be back on Friday, there are serious doubts over the availability of Marc Gasol and Norman Powell which provides cause for concern.
That said, Toronto have coped with missing players earlier in the season and with home-court advantage they have to be the tips in any predictions coming into this game.
For our tips we will go to the Point Spread market, where Toronto -6.5 can be backed at -110 (1.91) with bet365.