Neither Toronto nor Washington are likely to be in action when the NBA play-offs begin but they’ve both shown signs of life lately. The two illustrate why it’s worth watching some of the basement battles over the next two months, as lottery spots are decided and post-season chases finished off.
The Wizards head up to Canada on Monday night on a run of two consecutive wins over impressive Houston and Denver. Although they’re last in scoring in the league with 92 points per game, they’ve managed to notch over 102 in three of their last five outings - a far cry from their abysmal start to the campaign.
The Raptors have been even better since the addition of Rudy Gay, winning seven of their last ten, including a 96-88 defeat of Washington last week when DeMar DeRozan came up with 24. Their surge has fuelled talk of a late charge at eighth spot in the East but it will probably require those above to fall back for that to happen.
It’s likely here that these pair will combine for under 190 total points once again, available at 1.91. But with Washington’s dire 4-22 road record in mind, back the Raps on the handicap of -4.5 to win at 1.91.
The Los Angeles Lakers' three-game winning streak has got a few teams above them concerned and they have a shot at earning a .500 record for the first time this season when they visit Denver tonight. They're looking for a little payback for their 126-114 reverse to the Nuggets in December but it won’t come easy: Denver are 23-3 at home while scoring over 106. Momentum is everything, however, and LA might just write up a Hollywood script.
Bet of the day: Take Toronto on the handicap over Washington