The Wizards have won 6 straight home games and they handed the Raptors a crushing defeat (90-84 in Toronto) the last time these two tangled…
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Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas
Washington: John Wall, Garrett Temple, Martell Webster, Nene, Emeka Okafor
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani is out
Washington: Bradley Beal is out and Nene (knee) is a game-time decision
-Raptors should have revenge on their minds, as the loss they suffered on February 19th at home to Washington was inexcusable for a team that still had playoff aspirations. Rudy Gay was 1-11 from the field in that game, while Kyle Lowry went 6-17. Toronto was giving up an average of 106.2 points during their recent 5-game losing streak but they appeared to find some defensive rhythm while holding Detroit to 82 points.
-Lowry will have his hands full with John Wall, who has been playing like a top-5 point guard in recent weeks. Over his last three home games, Wall is averaging 31 points per game (68.8% FG) and 9.3 assists per game.
-After their win against Detroit, Rudy Gay said “These young guys need to know what it feels like to win.” In Toronto’s last 5 games, Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 32.4 minutes (finally!), 14.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Terrence Ross is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds on 43.6% shooting in 21 minutes.