Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards 4/27/18, Prediction & Odds

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Kelly Oubre Jr. will start in Porter's place, and Ty Lawson and Tomas Satoransky will see more minutes, especially when the Raptors go with a smaller lineup.

The location was Milwaukee, but the Raptors are hoping to experience the same feeling Friday night when they visit the Washington Wizards in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

Toronto closed the gap in the third quarter and even took the lead by a point, but the Wizards closed with a burst that put them back up by five, 78-73, entering the final frame.

National Basketball Association superstar Russell Westbrook twice had altercations with Utah fans when leaving the floor as the Jazz knocked Oklahoma City out of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

One of the biggest surprises for the Toronto Raptors this season was the impact and utter dominance of their bench in the regular season. Washington didn't score again until Beal's 3 with 16 seconds left. Lowry and DeRozan were instrumental in their team's fourth quarter performance, but it was the bench-anchored by VanVleet-that did the heavy lifting.

Looking at the betting trends, the Wizards are 11-6 ATS in their last 17 Conference Quarterfinals games, 5-1 ATS in their last six home games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine meetings overall. You think they'd play 40, but that's how our team is built.

James finished with 44 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and went 15 of 15 from the line.

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Toronto did drop two games in the series, but across the six games they outscored Washington by an average of 21.3 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter, second only to the 76ers in the playoffs this season. Raptors coach Dwane Casey however said his presence was key. If DeMar DeRozan is concerned, Pacers or Cavaliers - it doesn't matter much.

IN guard Victor Oladipo paced a potent IN attack with team-highs of 28 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists IN a 121-87 rout of Cleveland IN Indianapolis to even the first-round series at three games apiece. Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, and Joe Ingles added 16. Delon Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Jonas Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 5-0 in home Game 5s over the past five years. Here are five stats to watch in each of Friday's games.

Westbrook got into a brief verbal altercation with a fan at the end of the game. The home team is a flawless 5-0 ATS in the last five meetings and I think that trend continues as this series is heading to a Game 7.

VanVleet had five points, four rebounds, and four assists, but the backup guard's toughness and infectious confidence, said Casey, changed the game's momentum.

They will get a chance to advance to the next round with a win in Sunday's winner-take-all showdown in Cleveland. We've been fighting a lot, trying to figure out our groove and just trying to get back to where we are. I mean, sometimes we haven't shot the ball well, but our teams have had some success in the playoffs. "And I thought that was the difference".

Thaddeus Young floored LeBron James with an elbow, opening a cut above the future hall of famer's left eye. Beal had 14 points in the first half and scored 18 in the second.

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