There are a lot of things that can happen in NBA odds over the course of a 7-game playoff series, and the momentum can swing in the favor of one team or the other in those circumstances. One of the best ways to cause the pendulum to swing in your direction is to snag an early win on the road, and that is exactly what the Washington Wizards did versus the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their playoff series.
Toronto vs Washington: Game Preview and NBA Odds Analysis
Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Venue: Air Canada Centre
Opening Line: Toronto -5
Toronto is well aware that they have their backs against the wall after losing that first game, and they will be desperate to get the spilt before they have to head to Washington for Games 3 and 4. On the plus side, the Raptors were much better defensively than they were throughout the second half of the season, but they were also unable to put up the sort of offense that helped them get wins while giving up big points. There are still some question marks about the health of Kyle Lowry and DeMarDeRozan, which is not something that they really want to be dealing with at this stage in the season. While a loss in Game 2 would not necessarily signal the end for Toronto, it would certainly be a pretty solid nail in their coffin.
Key Betting Trends
Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto’s last 6 games
Toronto is 7-16 ATS in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games at home
Washington is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington’s last 6 games
Washington is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Washington is 8-15 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
This was a series that I believe as the potential to go the full 7 games, so I’m really not that surprised that the Wizards were able to win one on the road. I think that the Raptors will bounce back in Game 2, though, and then head to Washington in search of at least a split.