NBA Betting Preview (March 23): Wizards vs. Raptors Odds

The Toronto Raptors have extended their losing streak to 9 games after losing against the Oklahoma City Thunder at home last night. They will be heading to Washington to play the Wizards on the second night on a back-to-back.

The Raptors and Wizards are both at the bottom of the East and this game will have little to no stakes as it is nearing the end of the season and both teams are tanking. The Raptors have overtaken the Memphis Grizzlies for a bottom 6 seed in the league while the Detroit Pistons and Wizards are tied for last place.

Let’s look at the betting odds on both teams for this upcoming matchup.

Bet on Wizards vs. Raptors

WSH -6.0
TOR +6.0

Wizards vs. Raptors Betting Odds

Wizards Moneyline Odds-230
Raptors Moneyline Odds+190
Over/Under231.0 points (over -110, under -110)
SpreadWizards -6.0 (-110)
Time/DateMar. 23, 8:00 p.m. ET
TVBroadcast: Sportsnet One
Stream: NBA League Pass
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About the Raptors (23-46 SU, 30-38-1 ATS, 34-35 o/u)

With the majority of the team injured or ruled out, the Raptors got blown out by 20 points to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder. Gradey Dick led the Raptors in scoring with 21 points and added 5 rebounds while making 4 threes. Kelly Olynyk also scored 16 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists on an incredible 7/9 shooting.

Javon Freeman-Liberty, at point guard, is stepping into a scenario where the Wizards are conceding the 4th most rebounds and the 3rd most assists to PGs, suggesting he could play a pivotal role in both distributing the ball and grabbing unexpected rebounds. Bruce Brown, positioned as a shooting guard, could exploit the 4th most points and the most rebounds allowed to shooting guards in the league.

Dick, transitioning to small forward, faces a slightly less favourable but still advantageous matchup, with the Wizards giving up the 3rd most points, the 2nd most rebounds, and the 2nd most assists to SFs. This suggests a well-rounded opportunity for him to score, assist, and rebound effectively. For Ochai Agbaji, now at power forward, the scenario is ripe for exploiting the Wizards’ defense, which allows the 3rd most points and the 2nd most assists to PFs, requiring him to leverage his versatility beyond just scoring and rebounding. Lastly, Olynyk, playing as the center, confronts the most favourable matchup with the Wizards allowing the most points and rebounds to centers. This sets the stage for Olynyk to dominate both offensively and on the glass.

About the Wizards (12-58 SU, 31-37-2 ATS, 35-35 o/u)

The Wizards have only won the past 3 out of their last 10 games, with their most recent win coming against the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. Kyle Kuzma led the game in scoring with 31 points while adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Deni Avdija scored 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the Wizards to victory.

In the 15 most recent games, marked by a series of injuries, the Raptors’ defense has significantly weakened, notably leading the league in assists allowed to point guards. This development opens up a significant opportunity for the Wizards’ Jordan Poole. As the Raptors have become the most lenient team in terms of assists to point guards over these games, Poole is poised to take advantage of this situation. His ability to facilitate play and enhance his teammates’ performances could be crucial, especially given the Raptors’ current defensive vulnerabilities.

Simultaneously, the Raptors have been struggling to contain small forwards, surrendering the 2nd most points to players in this position recently. This spells a favorable scenario for Avdija, who could leverage the Raptors’ ongoing defensive difficulties to find numerous scoring opportunities. Furthermore, the Raptors are allowing the most points in the league to power forwards. Kuzma, known for his scoring capabilities, is likely to find this matchup particularly advantageous, potentially enabling him to make a significant impact on the scoreboard.

Kelly Olynyk under 5.5 assists


Injury Concerns

  • Scottie Barnes suffered a fracture to the third metacarpal bone of his left hand in the loss to the Warriors and is considered out indefinitely.
  • The Raptors announced that Jakob Poeltl is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left pinkie finger.
  • RJ Barrett (personal reasons) does not have a return timetable.
  • The Raptors announced that Chris Boucher suffered a partial MCL tear in his right knee and is without a timeline for return.
  • Immanuel Quickley (personal reasons) does not have a return timetable.
  • Gary Trent Jr (back) is questionable to play against the Wizards on Saturday night.
  • Tyus Jones (back) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
  • Bilal Coulibaly (wrist) has been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Raptors.
  • Landry Shamet (calf) won’t play in Saturday’s game versus the Raptors.
  • Jordan Poole is questionable for Saturday’s game against Toronto due to a right hip contusion.
  • The Raptors have hit the under in their last 5 games.
  • The Wizards have hit the over in their last 3 out of 5 games.
  • Bruce Brown Jr has scored under 13.5 points in his last 5 out of 6 games coming back from injury. He is averaging 9.4 points per game as a Raptor. His line is at -125 to score under 13.5 points against the Wizards
  • Kelly Olynyk has dished under 5.5 assists in his last 4 out of 5 games. He is averaging 3.7 assists per game this season as a Raptor. His line is at -125 to dish under 5.5 assists against the Wizards.
  • Kyle Kuzma has dished under 5.5 assists in his last 5 games. He is averaging 4.2 assists per game this season. His line is at -130 to dish under 5.5 assists against the Raptors.

Wizards vs. Raptors Predictions

  • Gradey Dick over 15.5 points; Kyle Kuzma over 24.5 points; Washington Wizards Money Line: +400. Dick and Kuzma are in great positions to clear their over with their respective matchup. With the Raptors heavily injured and the spread set at -6.0, the Wizards should win this game.
  • Under 231.0 Total Points: -110. The Raptors are missing their primary scorers and have gone under for the last 5 games. It is hard to imagine the game going over with lots of key talent missing.