NBA Playoffs Washington V Toronto Game 1 Point Spread & ATS Pick

NBA Finals Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors Game 1 Point Spread & ATS Pick

NBA Playoffs Washington V Toronto Game 1 Point Spread & ATS Pick

The Toronto Raptors will have home-court advantage over the Washington Wizards in the first round of NBA Finals betting with game one tipping off on Saturday at 12:30 PM from the Air Canada Center in Toronto. Both squads finished the season with similar records and appear to be headed for a tightly contested postseason matchup. The last two times these teams faced each other, it came down to the wire. The last matchup was decided by a late shot and the game before had to be settled in overtime.

A Closer Look At The NBA Finals Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors Game 1 Point Spread & ATS Pick

Matchup: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors
Date: Apr. 18, 2015 
Start Time: 12:30 p.m. ET 
Location: Toronto, ON
Stadium: Air Canada Centre
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: ESPN/WatchESPN
Radio: Washington Vs Toronto
Point Spread: Toronto -4.5
Moneyline: Washington +165 vs Toronto -190
Game Total: 194
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Season Series Straight Up: Toronto 3-0
Season Series Against the Spread: Toronto 2-1

NBA Finals Round One Washington Wizards’ Projected Starting Lineup:

NBA Finals Round One Toronto Raptors’ Projected Starting Lineup:

  • Kris Humphries, PF 6-9, 8.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG
  • Rasual Butler, SF 6-7, 7.7, 2.6 RPG
  • Otto Porter Jr., SF 6-8, 6.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG
  • Marcin Gortat, C 6-11, 12.2 PPG, 8.7 RPG
  • Ramon Sessions, PG 6-3, 6.3 PPG, 2.8 APG
  • Tyler Hansbrough, PF 6-9, 3.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG
  • Terrence Ross, SF 6-7, 9.8 PPG, 2.8 RPG
  • Jonas Valanciunas, C 7-0, 12.0 PPG, 8.7 RPG
  • Kyle Lowry, PG 6-0, 17.7 PPG, 6.8 APG
  • DeMar DeRozan, SG 6-7, 20.1 PPG. 4.6 RPG

The Raptors went 3-0 straight up and 2-1 against the spread in the three games they played against the Wizards this season, and two of the three meetings went UNDER the game total.

Their previous meeting was on February 11 when DeMar DeRozan hit his only fourth quarter shot late in the game that pushed the Raptors to a late vicotry over the Wizards 95-93.

"As long as I knew I could get a shot off, I knew it had a chance of going in," DeRozan said after the win.

"It’s good, it’s big for us," Kyle Lowry added. "We’ve just got to go out there and keep continuing to get better."

Washington has lost four if the last five visits to Toronto and 6-14 in the last 20 at the Air Centre, in Canada.

Washington is led by all-star point guard John Wall (17.6 PPG, 10.0 APG, 4.6 RPG) and shooting guard Bradley Beal (15.3 PPG, 3.1 APG, 3.8 RPG), while the Wizards average 98.5 points per game during the regular season (17th), shooting 46.2% from the field (6th), and 24.0 assists per game (6th). The Wizards are allowing 97.8 points per game (10th) while grabbing 44.7 rebounds per game (8th).

Wall was second in the NBA during the regular in assists, averaging 10 per game. He also leads the team in scoring with 17.6 points per game. 

Toronto averages 104.0 points per game (4th), shooting 45.5% from the field (12th), and the defense allows 100.9 points per game (19th) and records 41.5 rebounds per game (26th). The Raptors are led by shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (20.1 PPG, 3.5 APG, 4.6 RPG), and all-star point guard Kyle Lowry (17.8 PPG, 6.8 APG, 4.7 RPG).

The Wizards are 8-22-2 ATS in their last 32 games following a SU loss, 3-23-2 ATS in their last 28 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game, 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning SU record, 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 games playing on 2 days rest, but 4-1 ATS in their last 5 first round playoffs games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, and 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games, but 7-15 ATS in their last 22 home games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU win, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 first round playoffs games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games as a favorite, and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 playoff games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.

The Raptors play well at home, but more important is how poorly the Wizards play on the road. Washington has a 17-24 record when playing away from Verizon Center.

NBA Finals Game 1 ATS Pick: Wizards 93-95 Raptors.