Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards – 4/21/15 NBA Playoff Fantasy Sports, Basketball Picks, Odds & Predictions
The Eastern conference playoff series between the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors will continue on Tuesday April 21st. Toronto will host at 8PM Eastern Time on NBA TV. This playoff game will be examined for NBA best fantasy draft managers.
The road side Washington Wizards was able to steal Game 1 away from Toronto in overtime by a 93-86 score on the road. The game saw the Wizards blow as much of a 15 point lead but in the overtime session the Wizards outscored Toronto 11-4 for the win. The shooting was not good for either team as they could not get to at least 40% from the field and neither team could make greater than 29% of three point shots. The rebounding was key in the win as the Wizards have some size down low with Nene and Marcin Gortat in their starting lineup with the luxury of Drew Gordon coming off the bench in relief of either of those two big men. In the end Washington grabbed 13 more rebounds which at the end of the game where the offensive stats were very close was definitely the defending factor in this game. The guard play was brutal for both teams. Wall and Beal combined for 11 of 41 shooting for Washington while the Raptors back court of DeRozan and Lowry hit 8 of 30 shots.
Washington Wizards Point Guard: John Wall was the Wizards leading scorer during the regular season as he averaged nearly 18 points per game. He dished out 10 assists per contest. Wall’s production suffered when Bradly Beal was hampered by an injury that forced him to miss 19 games.
Washington Wizards Shooting Guard: Bradly Beal was second on the team in scoring with 15 points per game in a bit more than 33 minutes of playing time in each contest. Over his past five games Beal is averaging 19 points per game with six rebounds.
Washington Wizards Power Forward: Nene averaged 11 points but just five rebounds per game this season. Much more was expected from the rebounding category. The 12 year veteran had a tremendous performance in the opening game of this year’s playoffs as he scored 12 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Washington Wizards Small Forward: The veteran Paul Pierce has saw work in 73 games on the campaign and has averaged 12 points and four rebounds per game in 26 minutes a contest. Pierce was an important factor for the Wizards in the opener as he scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds as he made 7 of his 10 shots during the game. Pierce has been hampered by sore knees that need much work after and leading up to games. Two days rest between games is big for the Wizards.
Washington Wizards Center: Marcin Gortat saw action in all 82 regular season games for the Wizards. He produced 12 points and nearly 9 rebounds per game in an average of 30 minutes a game. There were only three players for Washington averaged 30 minutes or greater on the year. In Game 1 of the playoffs Gortat played 26 minutes and had eight points with eight rebounds. Gortat has playoff experience and should be considered in NBA mock draft real money leagues.
Toronto Raptors Point Guard: Kyle Lowry was second on the team on the season in scoring with nearly 18 points per game with seven assists. In 33 minutes of play in Game 1 it was a dreadful 2 of 10 shooting for the Raptors point guard. More disappointing was just four assists with a positive coming on the glass with eight rebounds.
Toronto Raptors Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan is the leading scorer for the Raptors at 20 points per game with 4 ½ rebounds. Despite a bad shooting game the Toronto shooting guard did pull down eleven rebounds. He played 43 minutes and finished with 15 points and dished out six assists.
Toronto Raptors Power Forward: Amir Johnson had a well above average game for Toronto as the nine year veteran had 18 points and eight rebounds in Game 1 in 34 minutes of play. He played eight more minutes than average and could see heavier minutes with the six the Wizards have down low.
Toronto Raptors Small Forward: Terrance Ross has hit a shooting slump that carried into Game 1 of the playoffs. Over his past five games Ross is shooting 35% from the field and a miserable 21% from the three point line.
Toronto Raptors Center: Jonas Valanciunas averaged 12 points and nearly 9 rebounds a game during the regular season. He did not get many shot attempts in Game 1 with 6 points and eight rebounds.
NBA Mock Draft Fantasy Picks
PG: John Wall (Wizards)
SG: DeMar DeRozan (Raptors)
PF: Amir Johnson (Raptors)
SF: Paul Pierce (Wizards)
C: Marcin Gortat (Wizards)