The Toronto Raptors are coming off the Christmas break and looking to turn things around after losing three straight games ahead of their visit to the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night in the NBA. Meanwhile, the Wizards hold the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference at 5-24 and are on a two-game slide.
The Raptors previously clashed with the Wizards on Nov. 13 and secured a 111-107 victory, even though Washington covered the spread as an 8.5-point underdog. The odds for the upcoming matchup are in favor of the Raptors according to bet365.
Toronto, with an 11-18 record, will be playing with the pressure to perform and secure a playoff spot, having lost eight of its last 10 games. This trip to the capital city of the United States will be followed by games in Boston and Detroit, adding to the urgency for the Raptors to win against the struggling Wizards and Pistons.
The Wizards, standing at 5-24, suffered a 127-119 home defeat to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday. Toronto is expected to exploit its advantage on the glass against the Wizards, who have been struggling in the rebounds department. Washington has been struggling with fatigue as they lead the league in pace and have a poor record in the second half of back-to-back games.
In terms of injuries, Garrett Temple and Christian Koloko are doubtful and out, respectively, for the Raptors; meanwhile, the Wizards have no injuries to report. Betting trends show that Toronto is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games, while the under is 6-2 in the past eight meetings. Additionally, the Wizards are 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games.
Washington guard Tyus Jones is projected to score well, while Anunoby and Barnes have been consistent in certain areas, making them attractive for prop bets. As for wagers, Siakam over 32.5 points + rebounds and taking the Wizards first-quarter spread are potential options for bettors to consider.