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Raptors Wizards Betting Predictions – Raptors, Wizards Begin The NBA's Return To Action

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/13/2013 6:02:07 PM

When the All-Star break comes to an end, the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards will usher in the second installment of the NBA season. Rest will not be a factor, for once.

Toronto Raptors @ Washington Wizards – Tuesday, February 19 
Betting line: No line

Why Toronto Will Win

When poker is played, the better dealer wins, and in this matchup between the Raptors and Wizards, it's clear that Toronto enjoys a fundamental matchup advantage. One has to realize that this game – the first one after the All-Star break – is one of the few non-November games on an NBA schedule when rest and the workings of the travel schedule do not carry a meaningful impact on the betting play.
Even football betting experts with a minimal understanding of professional basketball could recognize this and grasp its significance. Toronto and Washington have not played since Wednesday, Feb. 13, giving them almost a full week to gear up for this contest. Fresh legs will, at least for this game, enable the Raptors and Wizards to be viewed solely on the merits, not through the prism of which team is playing at home or which team is playing the second half of a back-to-back set of games. No, this is a game in which the quality of the two teams is what will decide the issue, and the Raptors are better than the Wizards right now.

With Rudy Gay in the lineup, Toronto can score more – it can get production from more places and in more ways than before. A demonstration of the Raptors' increased level of aptitude came on Friday night, Feb. 8, when they won in Indiana against the Pacers in overtime. The rest of the NBA has won only twice in Indianapolis against the Pacers, but the Raptors have won twice on the Pacers' home floor this season. This is a team that is getting better, and against Washington, Toronto has an opponent it should be able to outclass at most spots on the floor.

Why Washington Will Win

It's not unheard of that the Washington Wizards should be favored in a game. This doesn't happen often, but at times, it can be the right play. Washington finished the final few weeks before the All-Star break as one of the more improved teams in the league, relative to December.

The Wizards were the worst team in the NBA for the first one and a half months of the season, but they passed the Charlotte Bobcats in recent weeks and, for a very brief period of time, climbed past the Orlando Magic before Orlando upset Portland this Sunday. The Wizards are mere percentage points behind Orlando for 13th place in the Eastern Conference. They're only one game behind Cleveland for 12th place in the East. This is a team that can definitely play Toronto on even terms and beat the Raptors – this is not the same listless team that began the season in the autumn of 2012.

Who Will Win

The Wizards will provide robust opposition, but Toronto's scoring options in the fourth quarter should give the Raptors enough versatility to dig out a win on the road.

NBA Basketball Betting Pick: Toronto


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