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The Raptors will face the Washington Wizards for the first time this season on Wednesday night at Capital One Arena in D.C.
The Wizards are 14th in the Eastern Conference standings, with a 6-15 record. They boast the conference’s 3rd best offence (115.7 points per game), but are also bottom of the east in points per game allowed (120.4 points per game).
A significant part of Washington’s offense comes from star guard Bradley Beal, who leads the league in points per game with 33.3. Beal is one of the most talented scorers in the NBA, and his dynamic offensive game means he can get a bucket in many different ways against any team. The pressure of running the offence has been lightened with the arrival of point guard Russell Westbrook, who is having a strong season as well, averaging 19.4 points per game, 9.2 rebounds and 9 assists.
This will be a battle between two of the league’s worst rebounding teams – the Raptors are 26th in rebounds per game, while the Wizards are 23rd. Nonetheless, Toronto’s recent offensive outbursts, coming from the likes of Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell, should continue Wednesday versus Washington’s poor defence.
Kyle Lowry is questionable to play after leaving Monday’s contest against the Grizzlies with back spasms, and OG Anunoby has also been upgraded to questionable. Starting center Thomas Bryant is out for the season after suffering a partially torn ACL earlier this year.
After an impressive comeback against Memphis on Monday night, the Raptors can build momentum with another strong showing in Washington, in a game they should win. Catch tip-off at 7:00 pm, EST on TSN.