7:00 PM ET, November 22, 2013
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
Even when the Toronto Raptors haven’t impressed online sports betting fans with their record, a solid road victory their last time out put them in first place in the Atlantic Division.
Tonight the Raptors will try to climb a step closer to the .500 mark when they host the Washington Wizards, who are in last place even while having a similar record to Toronto and are seeking a third straight win.
Toronto (5-7) is taking advantage of a down season so far in the Atlantic, but given their history, they aren’t complaining. The Raptors, which won their only division title in 2006-07, won versus the Philadelphia 76ers 108-98 on Wednesday to go a half-game up on Philadelphia for the top spot.
DeMar DeRozan had 33 points and reserve guard Terrence Ross scored a season-high 17 — more than 10 above his average — and grabbed seven rebounds for Toronto.
The Raptors managed to avoid a third straight defeat, recording season highs of nine blocked shots and 14 3-pointers in the process.
Toronto will now try to avoid a third consecutive loss at Air Canada Centre, where it is 2/3 going into a four-game homestand. Coach Dwane Casey’s team has been better away from home recently, winning their last two such games and scoring at least 103 points in each of the previous three.
Washington (4-7) shares the Southeast Division basement with the Orlando Magic but YouWager oddsmakers consider they have shown signs of improvement in the early going, taking two straight after a four-game slide.
Bradley Beal scored 26 points and Nene added 24 as visiting Wizards defeated Cleveland Cavaliers 98-91 on Wednesday after nearly blowing a 27-point third-quarter lead.
The Wizards have lost six of seven against the Raptors.