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

Raptors guard De Mar DeRozan

The four all-stars shared daps, hugs and hushed conversations. "It's the same role they played all year", Casey told theScore after a 114-106 Game 1 win.

Wall scored nine points in the first, but Gortat and replacement Ian Mahinmi each had two fouls before the first quarter was half over. Kyle Lowry yesterday: "Our Game 1 is our Game 7 tomorrow, to be honest".

The Raptors won the East by four games over the Boston Celtics, while the Wizards finished four games ahead of the Detroit Pistons for the conference's final postseason spot.

"Their bench was great", Wall said. They worked the ball to Anunoby, the rookie, who coolly hit big shots like he had done this before. "We got to make adjustments". Miles, who was brought here as a free agent nearly entirely so he could shoot three pointers in big games, shot like a guy who didn't care at all about the Raptors' 17-year, 10-game, series-opener losing streak.

Before tipoff of their game one National Basketball Association playoffs matchup against the Washington Wizards on Saturday (April 14), the Toronto Raptors unveiled a new version of the classic Canadian hip-hop anthem Northern Touch, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

While the Wizards ended up losing by eight on Saturday, the game was much closer than a usual 1-seed would like, meaning this series could end up being a long one.

As the season went on, those things shifted, and the clutch offense became more varied, emphasizing DeRozan and Lowry when they had good matchups or one of them had their game rolling, but also involving others frequently, and finding more success through that approach.

Kerr always said his team would be ready when these playoffs came around. "We have to do a better job of guarding all their players". We know how talented we are.

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VanVleet injured his right shoulder in the regular season finale against the Heat on Wednesday. For a team that had chose to revel in the doubts of their detractors, that showed clips of various USA analysts criticizing them on the scoreboard before the game began, that said over and over that they were confident this new-look group wouldn't fall into familiar Game 1 traps, there were the Toronto Raptors after two quarters staring at a four-point hole.

Lowry connected on both free throws and then found Wright for a layup to give Toronto the lead.

Lucas Nogueira's impact in the fourth quarter, despite playing just nine minutes, helped to turn the game in Toronto's favour.

The Raptors came into the day 0-9 in the opening game of the National Basketball Association playoffs.

The Wright-Miles duo combined to hit seven 3-pointers.

The Wizards take on the Raptors at 5:30 p.m. ET. "I mean, we definitely are going to watch the tape, like I said, and we're going to try to correct mistakes we made on him".

John Wall led the Wizards with 23 points and 15 assists, but struggled to convert some easier chances around the rim and finished the night 6-20 from the field. But even into the fourth quarter, it was hard to be sure.

It was clear that they were going to put the Raptors "culture change" to the test, find out whether the two leaders of the first seed were truly committed to the new system that emphasized ball movement and taking advantage of the matchups offered by the defense, or whether they would revert to trying to get their own numbers, and trying to win the game through their own exceptional offensive abilities.

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