Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors Preview
Wizards 5-2 vs Raptors 5-3
When: Wednesday, Nov 3rd, at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
TV: NBCS Washington, NBA League Pass / Radio: The Team 980, WFED 1500 AM
Wizards: Thomas Bryant (Out, Left ACL), Rui Hachimura ( Out, Personal), Cassius Winston ( Day to Day, Left Hamstring), Anthony Gill (Day to Day, Right Calf), Davis Bertans (Out, Ankle Sprain)
Raptors: Scott Barnes (Day to Day, Thumb), Pascal Siakam (Out, Shoulder), Yuta Watanabe (Day to Day, Calf)
Keep an eye on:
Toronto Crashing The Offensive Boards: has been key during their four game win streak. The Raptors, who ranks first in the NBA in offensive rebounding, pulling down 14.3 offensive rebounds per game, has won the offensive rebounding battle in three of their last four games and are averaging 12.5 offensive boards per game over that span...all victories. Khem Birch and Scottie Barnes are averaging 3.1 and 3 offensive rebounds per game each respectively, with OG Anunoby and Precious Achiuwa right behind them, snatching down 2 offensive rebounds a game in their own right. Washington will have to keep a body on Toronto's bigs and versatile wings throughout the night to keep them at bay or this could be the very reason they drop tonight's contest.
Being In The Passing Lanes: is just what the Raptors excel at and have for years. Why do you think they draft long, versatile, athletic wings consistently. Washington does an excellent job of taking care of the ball, averaging 13.3 turnovers a game, yet, the Raptors are first in the league in steals, averaging 11.3 thefts a game. It's a perfect contrast of styles that could go a long way towards determining who leaves Capital One victorious. Stay Tuned!!!!