What can the Toronto Raptors do to improve their fortunes as they go on the road, down two games to nothing, against the Washington Wizards? Well, one of the things they can do is simply show up. It looked like after good starts in the first two contests, they kind of disappeared. And they were hardly the aggressors in Game 2, as Washington not only bullied them on the glass but also completely dominated them in the backcourt. Game 3 in basketball betting action begins at 8:05 PM ET at the Verizon Center, and after the game tips off, BetAnySports customers can partake in the exciting in-game action provided by Live Betting Extra.
The first game between these teams in this series was rather slow-paced, totaling 179 points, even though it went into overtime. Things picked up in Game 2, which makes it a little harder for people who are betting on the over/under. The Raptors scored 31 points in the first quarter to take a lead, but Washington roared back with 34 points in the second stanza, followed by 37 in the third, and built a 23-point lead at one juncture. And their star backcourt of Bradley Beal and John Wall, who threw up some bricks in the first game, were absolutely not to be denied on Tuesday night.
Over 194 points -110/Under 194 points -110
One of the big disappointments for Toronto in this series is Kyle Lowry, who started right alongside Wall in the NBA All-Star game for the East, but has not played like an All-Star thus far. Lowry is made only five of his 20 shots from the floor, and he has been burned time and again on defense. Beal and Wall, who combined to shoot just 11-41 in Game 1, sizzled on Tuesday night, scoring 54 points between them. The Wizards got it done at the other end of the floor as well; Lowry, as mentioned, was stopped. DeMar DeRozan, after a big start, was quiet in the second half. Lou Williams was 10-10 from the free-throw line, but in the two games thus far, the NBA’s newly-crowned Sixth Man award winner has shot just 31%.
BetAnySports customers must have marveled at how the Raptors were manhandled on the boards. Washington had a rebounding edge of 45-28, and what was truly amazing was that neither of Toronto’s starting forwards pulled down a rebound. Still, it looks like it is the speed and quickness of the Washington guards that has been particularly troublesome for Toronto, not to mention the small lineup the Wizards occasionally turn to. Wall had 17 assists on Tuesday, his playoff career-high, and Duane Casey, the head coach of the Raptors, must be absolutely stifled as to which direction to go in next with his defensive scheme. This looks like just one big huge matchup advantage for the Wizards, who are demonstrating that they can turn it on when the post-season begins, as evidenced by the fact that, even after losing 15 of their last 19 road games to close out the regular season, they have extended their playoff road string to 7-1 SU in their last eight.