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Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Game 3 NBA Playoff Odds Free Pick

The NBA Playoffs on Friday night and the Toronto Raptors will take on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. for their game 3 meeting in this best-of-seven series. Free Pick to follow. The game has a start time of 8:00 pm (Eastern) and will be televised on ESPN 2. Current Vegas betting odds have Washington listed as 4 point favorites, while the total is set at 195.5. 

Analysis: The Toronto Raptors looked like they were headed to the playoffs with momentum as they had won 4 of their last 5 games of the regular season, despite having nothing to play for at the time, but they have not been able to sustain that momentum as they lost the first 2 games of the series at home. Now hey go out on the road, where they went 22-19 on the year, which includes winning their lone trip to Washington this year. Toronto has gone 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Washington, but just 8-20 ATS in their last 28 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game. The Raptors have scored 105.3 ppg on 45.1% shooting overall and 34.4% from long range on the road this year. Defensively they have struggled away from home as they have allowed 103.5 pg on 46.3% shooting overall and 33.8% shooting from long range.  

The Washington Wizards were picked by many to be able to upset the Raptors in this series and after taking the first 2 games on the road in this series, they have done nothing to make you think that they can't pull the first round upset here. Washington has been a very good team at home this year, where they have gone 29-12. Washington has gone 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a SU win of more than 10 points, but just 4-23-2 ATS in their last 29 after allowing 100 points or more in their previous game. The Wizards have scored 102.3 ppg on 47.2% shooting overall and 38.4% from long range at home for the year. Defensively they have been solid at home allowing 96.3 pg on 44.4% shooting overall and 32.1% shooting from long range.  

Pick: Going to look to the Over in this game. The Raptors have struggled defensively on the road this year as they have allowed 103.5 ppg, while Washington scores 102.3 ppg at home. The Raptors won't be able to stop Washington here, so they will have to increase teir offensive play and should be able to do that as they average 105.3 ppg on the road. This should be an uptempo game with scoring in the 200s.  

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