National Media Predictions: Raptors-Wizards Series

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John Wall paced the Wizards with 23 points and 15 assists, while Markieff Morris added 22 points and 11 rebounds in the defeat.

Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. "We know what works for us, what got us here, and what's going to take us even further".

No sequence on Saturday showed what Toronto is about more than a late-fourth-quarter possession ending in a 3 for Wright. Lowry made both free throws and, on the ensuing possession, Wright gave Toronto the lead with a layup. "Other than that, we were just trying to find energy, speed, and quickness to match theirs".

"We're not going to look at them like they're the eighth seed because we understand what this team is capable of", DeRozan said. Odds for Game 2 will soon be released by BetDSI Sportsbook, but we anticipate the line will be very narrow, as Game 1 was a highly competitive affair. "It's the same role they played all year. but as long as those guys are producing the way they are, why should we change our rotation?" "They have a lot of good players".

The Raptors jumped out to a fast start, getting big production from Jonas Valanciunas and rookie O.G. Anunoby in his playoff debut - a youngster also tasked with defending Beal.

"I think the fans are more relieved than we are", Wright said. "The first step in the journey", Miles said. "It just builds confidence in every single thing down the line". An arena staffer dashed onto the court with a towel throughout the game.

The teams will compete in Game 2 in Toronto before the series moves to Washington.

Jakob Poeltl's alley-oop midway through the second made it an eight-point Raptors lead, but a 13-0 Wizards run gave the visitors a five-point lead. The Wizards held a 59-55 half-time lead. Toronto had 11 turnovers in the first half, leading to 12 points for the Wizards.

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