The Washington Wizards (8-18) will play the Toronto Raptors (19-8) for the first time this season tonight. The Wizards have lost 8 out of their last 10 games while the Raptors are on three game win streak.
This is the first game of a back-to-back. The Wizards will travel to play the Sixers tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Both games will be tough as the Wizards will be battling top eastern conference teams. As of right now, the Raptors have the fourth seed and the Sixers have the fifth seed in the East.
Both teams face multiple injuries
The Wizards and the Raptors will be without many players tonight. Raptors players Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol and Norman Powell are out indefinitely. It seems as though the defending champions have not had the same luck as they did last season. Siakam, Gasol, and Powell all were injured during the Raptors-Pistons game this past Wednesday.
The Wizards will continue to find their way without the likes of Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner and C.J. Miles. Rui Hachimura missed the Wizards’ home loss against the Bulls this past Wednesday due to a groin strain. He will tentatively be out for the next four games before re-evaluation.
|Washington Wizards|| Thomas Bryant (C) – foot|
Rui Hachimura (PF) – groin
Jordan McRae (G) – finger
Moritz Wagner (C) – ankle
C.J. Miles (SF) – wrist
John Wall (PG) – achilles
|Toronto Raptors|| Stanley Johnson (SG) – groin|
Norman Powell (SG) – shoulder
Pascal Siakam (PF) – groin
Marc Gasol (C) – hamstring
Fred VanVleet* (PG) – knee
This game is a toss up
Both the Wizards and Raptors are extremely undermanned. The Raptors are missing a majority of their star players, leaving Kyle Lowry with an opportunity to rise to the occasion. On the other hand, the Wizards lack center depth with Thomas Bryant and Moe Wagner being absent. This leaves the DC squad with Ian Mahinmi and G League call-up Admiral Schofield to battle Serge Ibaka.
The Raptors have a home-court advantage and are expected to win this game, based on the projection from Scout. Raptors -283 with a 74% probability.