Toronto Raptors, Game 18

If the respective line-ups for this evening’s tilt between the Raptors [6-11] and the Wizards [5-11] actually end up looking like this:

TORONTO RAPTORS

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Pos

PERSONNEL

ADV

PERSONNEL

Pos

STARTERS

PG

Calderon

=

Arenas

PG

PG

Weems

=

Hinrich

OG

SF

DeRozan

=

Thornton

SF

PF

Dorsey

à

McGee

PF

C

Bargnani

=

Blatche

C

 

0

 

 

+1

 

KEY SUBS

PG

Bayless

=

Wall

OG

OG

Barbosa

=

Young

SF

SF

Kleiza

ß

Martin

SF

PF

Johnson

ß

Booker

PF

PF

Davis

=

Seraphin

PF

 

+2

 

 

0

 

RESERVES/EXTRAS/OUTS

SF

Wright

N/A

Gee

SF

C

Alabi

N/A

N’diaye

C

SF

Stojakovic [inj-?]

N/A

Howard [inj]

SF

PF

Evans [inj]

N/A

Jianlian [inj]

PF

 

 

N/A

Armstrong [susp.-?]

PF

 

0

 

 

0

 

COACHING

HC

Triano

à

Saunders

HC

 

0

 

 

+1

 

OVERALL

 

+2

 

 

+2

 

… pending: i. The “health status” of several players for both teams who, either, may or may not play in this specific game, e.g. John Wall, Al Thornton and Peja Stojakovic; and, ii. The possible “league suspension status” of Hilton Armstrong, i.e. Despite fighting spirit, Wizards still looking for a road win … 

then Toronto will have a solid opportunity to emerge with the W.

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Published Wagering Line

Opened: Toronto -4.5/-104

Current: Toronto -4.5/-108 [as of 1:00 PM today]

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Washington has yet to win an away game so far this season …

Thu Oct 28 @ Orlando, 83-112 [-29]
Sat Oct 30 @ Atlanta, 95-99 [-4]
Fri Nov 05 @ New York, 91-112 [-21]
Sat Nov 13 @ Chicago, 96-103 [-7]
Wed Nov 17 @ Boston, 83-114 [-31]
Sun Nov 21 @ Detroit, 110-115 [-5]
Thu Nov 25 @ Atlanta, 96-116 [-20]
Mon Nov 29 @ Miami, 94-105 [-11]

with only 1 of their 8 losses registered at 4 points or less.

Although the Wizards were able to dominate the Raptors in their prior meeting earlier this year – during which John Wall also did not play – expect Toronto to play with more energy this time around, on their home court and with the insertion of Ed Davis into their line-up, as back-up Big Man coming off the bench.

KSS Prognostication

With Washington having very few individual mis-matches to exploit, expect Toronto to win this game outright and cover the number [-4.5].

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