Toronto Raptors Vs Washington Wizards Series
The Raptors are playing some of their best basketball this season, pushing the tempo all game long and really moving the ball has set them apart in the East finishing the regular season as the 4th overall team with a 49-33 record. The Wizards are one of those teams that you really don’t know what to expect, they have great games as we all know they are capable off then they turn around and imp-load. Toronto swept the Wizards 3-0 during the regular season but that doesn’t mean much at this point given the veterans that Washington has, including a Finals Champion in Paul Pierce.
Toronto must stay ahead of the play, what I mean by that is that they have to play solid defense and not rely on letting Washington score thinking they’ll just score as well. I expect the Raptors to try and control the pace of this series, working from the post out, looking for the paint first before going around to the perimeter. Getting out on fast breaks will also be important for this young team as they look to open a lead early attacking the rim.
Washington must listen to their veterans, they must play their game and not get tied up trying to keep a faster pace. This will be the series that Beal and Wall will have to shine; the stage is set for them to really show off just how they can carry their team through the post season. They will have to move the ball as well but cut down on the turnovers, they are 8th overall in the League when it comes to turning the ball over, something they just cannot do against a team like Toronto. Gortot and Pierce will have to take over late and hit the big shots down the stretch.
I have Toronto winning this series 4-1, not getting too much from a tired Wizards team who will look to lean heavily on their veterans. I just don’t see the Wizards having the defensive presence to stop Lowry or Derozen in their push to win this series.