Written and authored by National Basketball Association Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Basketball news and notes. The teams play on Sunday April 26th, 2015. At 6:30 PM EST on the TNT Television Network.
The (49-36) and number four-seed Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic Division will stay in the “BELTWAY” for game four of the best of seven series. Toronto will play the (49-36) and fifth seed Washington Wizards of the Eastern Conference Southeast in 2015 NBA Playoff first round action. The teams will play at the Verizon Center in downtown Washington, DC. The best Sports Handicapper believes the Toronto Raptors management will make a coaching change if they get swept. Washington can impose a threat to the top teams in the East. The opening betting line has the Toronto Raptors as a five and a half point road underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is 198′ for Sunday’s game.
The 2015 Toronto Raptors have dropped four of their last five straight up, dating back to the end of the regular season. Toronto is 0-3 Against The Spread in the 2015 NBA Playoffs first round. Guard DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high thirty-two point in their game three loss. It’s a win or go home for Toronto in game four, they will try to avoid the sweep. Toronto ranks fourth in the League scoring the basketball, but that number is down three games into the postseason. The Raptors defense allows the opposition 100.9 points per contest. DeRozan is the leader in scoring and assists in the 2015 NBA Playoffs. Toronto is 0-6 ATS their last six first-round NBA Eastern Conference Playoff games. The betting odds over the total are 4-0 Toronto last four basketball games against a team with a winning home record. The Toronto Raptors are 2-4 their last six NBA Points Spread Picks away from home, going over the betting odds total three times and staying under the betting odds total three. Toronto is 0-4 Against The Point Spread the last four basketball games between the teams. Point Guard Kyle Lowry has to step up his game. The Villanova product is getting outmanned by John Wall. Toronto has to make it a fast pace contest, not allowing the Raptors to set their defense. Bovada lists the Toronto Raptors at 750/1 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Championship.
The 2015 Washington Wizards have taken a commanding lead in the best of seven first round playoff series. The Wizards want to close out the series in front of the home crowd. Center Marcin Gortat poured in a team-high twenty-four points in the game three victory. Washington is 2-0-2 ATS their last four basketball games in the “NATIONS CAPITAL”. The Wizards are 5-0-1 Against The Number their last six NBA contests against a team with a positive winning record. Washington is 5-0 Against The Point Spread their last five NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference first round games. Guard Bradley Beal is averaging a team-high twenty points per contest in the series. Marcin Gortat averages a team-leading 9.7 rebounds and 2.3 shot blocks. John Wall is their top assists man and is coming into his own as a leader. Washington ranks sixteenth league-wide scoring the basketball. The Wizards defense allows opponents 97.8 points per contest. The Washington Wizards are 7-1-2 their last ten Against The Point Spread, going over the betting odds six times and staying under the betting odds total four. Washington is only 2-5 ATS their last seven basketball games at the Verizon Center. The key to a Washington win is to come out and play with the mindset of closing out the series. Bovada Lv has the Washington Wizards at 15/1 to win the 2015 NBA Eastern Conference Title.