Stephen Nover's NBA Thursday Totals Crusher
Toronto vs. Washington,
02/01/2018 19:00 EDT,
Score: 119 - 122
Total: -109/+214½ Under
Take away John Wall and the Wizards become more of a grinder team. They have to with Tomas Satorasnky and Tim Frazier at the point. Those two took advantage of a weak and tired Hawks defense when Washington put up 129 points on Atlanta this past Saturday. But they've lost their surprise element.
The Wizards are an above average defense team and they relied on that in beating the Thunder, 102-96, this past Tuesday. The Raptors are familar now with Satoransky and Frazier. The Wizards averaged only 95.5 points per 100 possessions against the Thunder, who were missing their star defender, Andre Roberson.
Toronto has a top-10 defense. The Raptors have held four of their last seven foes to fewer than 98 points a game.
The Raptors will be hurt offensively by Fred VonVleet, their No. 3 guard, being out. VonVleet had scored 19 and 25 points during two of his last four games.