Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards - 4/17/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The grim trends were all there to be seen. Bradley Beal is averaging 19 points and two rebounds while John Wall is averaging 23 points and 15 assists. Wall was just 31.9 percent on all field goal attempts outside the restricted area this season. He assisted on all three of Ibaka's long-range makes and one of O.G. Anunoby's, too. In fact that last time the franchise had won the first game of any playoff series was 2001, when the Raps beat Allen Iverson's Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of a second-round series they'd eventually lose.

And then, finally, everything changed. Toronto went on a 10-0 run in the fourth quarter with DeRozan on the bench. The play could have resulted in a wide open three instead of a turnover, but the young forward was chasing the ball instead of trusting his point guard.

Washington big man Marcin Gortat - known as one of the NBA's most agitating screeners - was lured into two fouls within the first three minutes of play and taken out of the game. Lowry slapped a low-five with a teammate and scowled.

The Raptors cleaned a lot of that up after halftime, and their world-destroying bench did their usual damage in a 114-106 win. "It's a journey, it's a marathon", Raptors coach Dwane Casey noted.

"You feel the angst a little bit", he said. Yet for no discernible reason whatsoever, the opening game has been this team's downfall. "So it's a psychological phenomenon that I don't have an answer for". And yet at the half, he said, he was "nervous, but not out of whack".

Lowry and DeRozan didn't have huge games, but both bounced back with solid second halves. "Well, we didn't expect (Delon) Wright to come in here, come off the bench and give them 18 or 20 points".

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"They have an unbelievable crowd here", said Gortat. But now, they didn't have to force it.

The Washington Wizards were in that game until the very end and it actually felt like they had chances to steal it at times, as they had several big leads.

TORONTO (AP) - For the first time in nearly 17 years, the Toronto Raptors are off to a winning start in a playoff series. Possibly because he didn't even know the streak existed until someone asked him about it on Friday.

Serge Ibaka was fantastic in Game 1.

"Every day I step on the floor I use it as motivation, everything in life I use as motivation", Lowry said.

They have electric guards and Otto Porter, Jr., but much of the league thinks there's a whiff of dysfunction about them and, well, let's be honest: the Wizards' real strength going into Saturday was that the Raptors had lost 10 consecutive Game 1s. "It's definitely a pick your poison, but we just have to do it better", Brooks said. I'm not going to repeat what they chant sometimes. A Game 1 that ended with an opponent talking about the tough challenge of stopping the Raptors?

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