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Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
The Toronto Raptors (22-15) will be hosted by the Washington Wizards (15-18) at the Verizon Center on Friday evening. Fanpicks.com is proud to announce its RotoPicker free to use tool, which allows you to create winning line ups and dominate your fantasy basketball competition. Play the most exciting contest, including the newest $10K Grand Action and Point Spread contests only at Fanpicks.com the premiere daily fantasy basketball
The Raptors made quick work of the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, 91-74, to hold onto their two-game lead as the top team in the Atlantic Division. Jonas Valanciunas was Toronto’s leading points scorer with 22 in the win, adding 11 rebounds for the double-double. Kyle Lowry added 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists while DeMar DeRozan contributed 15 points. A major factor in the Raptors’ ability to remain perched atop their division for the better part of the season has been their stout defense that ranks fourth in the league, allowing opponents an average of only 96.9 points per game. The team has two games remaining in its five-game road trip, before returning to the Air Canada Centre for an eight-game stint at home where they have an 11-6 record.
Washington has dropped four of its last five contests, the latest at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday despite a game effort. All five Wizards starters scored in double digits in the 121-115 defeat, with Garrett Temple leading the charge with 21 points. John Wall recorded another double-double with 20 points and 12 assists, making all four of his attempts from beyond the arc. Wall is second in the NBA in assists, averaging 9.8 per game, behind only Rajon Rondo. The team had an incredibly efficient shooting effort in the game, with 55.3% going in from the paint 58.3% from long range. Washington is a top-ten team from three point land, averaging 36.1% shooting on the season. With the majority of the Southeast struggling to start 2016, the time is now for the Wizards to right their ship and make a push out of last place in the division.