Wizards vs. Raptors odds, line Game 2: 2018 NBA playoffs picks, predictions from expert who's 8-2
Galin Dragiev has his finger on the pulse of the Wizards and Raptors
The Toronto Raptors finally broke their streak of Game 1 futility in the NBA playoffs when they held off the Washington Wizards 114-106 on Saturday. On Tuesday, the Raptors will look to take command of the series with another home victory in the first round of the 2018 NBA playoffs. Game 2 tips at 7 p.m. ET.
Toronto is a 6.5-point favorite, with the over-under for points scored set at 205.5.
Before you lock in your picks, listen to SportsLine expert Galin Dragiev. The veteran NBA handicapper finished the season as SportsLine's top analyst and entered the NBA playoffs on a 16-6 run on his spread picks.
Dragiev also has an 8-2 record when these teams are involved, including a perfect 5-0 mark on the Raptors. Now, he has locked in a play for Game 2.
Dragiev knows that with their win Saturday, the Raptors snapped their NBA-worst streak of 10 consecutive losses to start a playoff series, which included six at home.
Toronto got off to a hot start, but Washington kept its composure and took a four-point halftime lead behind a strong second quarter.
It was an air-tight battle the rest of the way, but Toronto took advantage of a flagrant foul on Washington early in the fourth quarter to shift momentum. The Raptors used a four-point possession to spark a 7-0 run for a 95-91 lead and another 8-0 burst gave them the lead for good.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 28 combined points on 10-of-26 shooting from the field, along with seven turnovers. But they were bailed out by an ultra-efficient supporting cast, as Serge Ibaka and Delon Wright went 15 of 21 from the field. Toronto shot 53 percent for the game.
Washington had its chances, but lamented a lack of composure down the stretch, a trait that has haunted the Wizards in close games all season.
Will Toronto pull away again and cover the moderate number, or do the Wizards have a chance at the upset? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of Wizards-Raptors is a must-back in Game 1, from an accomplished analyst who is hitting 80 percent of his NBA picks involving these teams.
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