Free NBA Picks Today: Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors 3/2/23

Free NBA Picks Today: Washington Wizards vs Toronto Raptors 3/2/23
Thu 2nd March 2023

The Washington Wizards (29-32, 14-13 Home), one of the league’s top shooting defenses, play host to the Toronto Raptors (31-32, 11-19 Away) on Thursday. Toronto topped the Chicago Bulls 104-98 at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday. Pascal Siakam was the scoring leader with 20 points.

Jakob Poeltl was another key contributor with 14 points. The Raptors are the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference. Washington won a close one on Tuesday at State Farm Arena, beating the Atlanta Hawks 119-116. Bradley Beal had 37 points and seven assists, carrying the team. The Wizards are 10th in the Eastern Conference.

This marks the first meeting of the season between the teams. Toronto won three out of four games between the teams last season, including a 109-105 triumph in their last meeting at Capital One Arena in January 2022, their third straight head-to-head victory.

Scottie Barnes led the Raptors with 27 points, while Fred VanVleet played a key role with 21 points and 12 assists. Beal had 25 points in defeat.Siakam is averaging 25.2 points per game to lead the Raptors in scoring this season. Siakam also has grabbed 7.7 rebounds per game. Meanwhile, VanVleet is dishing 6.7 assists.

Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma have powered the Wizards on offense, averaging 22.8 and 21.3 points per game, respectively. Porzingis also has pulled down 8.6 rebounds per game. Monte Morris has doled out 5.3 assists per game.

Foes are shooting 46.5% from the field against the Wizards, ranking as one of the league’s toughest FG% defenses (5th).The Raptors have found success in recent trips to Capital One Arena, winning seven of the last 10.

Toronto is 8-2 in the last 10 games with an average margin of +1.8 (110.0-108.2). Washington has split the last 10 (5-5), scoring 113.5 points per game on average while holding opponents to 113.1 (+0.4 margin).


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Fred VanVleet: 6.5 | 19.4 | -12.9
Assists per game:
Fred VanVleet: 12.0 | 6.7 | +5.3


(Last Five | Season Average | Differential)
Points per game:
Monte Morris: 7.7 | 10.4 | -2.7

SportsTips’ NBA Pick:

Toronto Raptors (-135)

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