Matchup: Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards
Records: Raptors (27-39), Wizards (30-36)
Where to Watch
Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: SN One
Location: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
It comes down to this.
On Thursday, the Raptors face the Wizards for the third and final time this regular season. Not only is it a meeting with one of the hottest teams in the league right now, it could be Toronto's last chance at keeping its Play-In Tournament hopes alive.
The Raptors enter the matchup with a 27-39 record, putting them three games behind the Wizards (30-36) for 10th place in the Eastern Conference with six games remaining in their season. The Raptors still face an uphill battle at catching the Wizards, but a win against them on Thursday would at least keep the door open.
"That's probably our Last Chance Saloon," Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said following the team's recent loss to the LA Clippers, per TSN's Josh Lewenberg. "Them getting that one against us would be awful tough for us to recover from. If we get it, it puts us in there legitimately ... It would certainly go a long ways to keeping us in the race, for sure."
The Raptors are 2-0 against the Wizards this season. They took the first one handedly, winning by a final score of 137-115 behind 28 points from Norman Powell. The Raptors escaped the second with a two-point win courtesy of a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Gary Trent Jr.
🚨 GARY TRENT JR HITS THE GAME WINNER! 🚨 #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/0PSWDmYvI3- NBA Canada (@NBACanada) April 6, 2021
The Wizards have been a different team since that loss, winning 13 of their last 17 games to rise up the Eastern Conference standings.
Bradley Beal continues to light it up with an average of 30.7 points on .487/.375/.868 shooting splits during that stretch while Russell Westbrook has been a triple-double machine, averaging 22.2 points, 13.5 rebounds and 13.3 assists over his last 17 games.
Westbrook isn't far removed from a historic performance against the Indiana Pacers, in which he dished out 24 assists and pulled down 21 rebounds to go along with 14 points.
History tonight at @CapitalOneArena.@russwest44 recorded the third 20-20 game in NBA history with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and 24 assists! pic.twitter.com/mgAkJobwu8- Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) May 4, 2021
The Wizards are on the second night of a back-to-back, having lost a close one to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
As of 8:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May 5
- OG Anunoby (left calf strain) - Doubtful
- Chris Boucher (left knee sprain) - Out
- Gary Trent Jr. (left leg contusion) - Probable
- Yuta Watanabe (right ankle soreness) - Probable
- Paul Watson (left knee tendinitis) - Out
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Raptors vs. Wizards: Betting odds, spread, over/under
Spread: Raptors -3.0 (-110), Wizards +3.0 (-110)
Raptors Money line: -150
Wizards Money line: +130
Over/under: 235.5 (-110)
Odds courtesy of William Hill Sports Book
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