Raptors heavy betting favourites Wednesday vs. Wizards


Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby (3) celebrates after scoring a three-point shot. (Chris Young/CP)

The Toronto Raptors will be looking to win six games in a row for the first time since late November when they host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday as 11-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Raptors opened a six-game homestand on Monday with a narrow 127-125 victory over Brooklyn to improve to 12-1 straight up in their past 13 home dates. But despite the team’s recent strong performance on home hardwood, Toronto remains one game back of the Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks going into Wednesday’s game at Scotiabank Arena.

Toronto has remained a shaky bet during its current surge. After failing to cover as 10-point chalk in Monday’s win, the Raptors have now posted against the spread victories in just of three of their last eight outings. The team is also a middling 4-4 ATS in eight home outings, and just 13-15 ATS at home on the season according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Low scoring has contributed to the Raptors’ struggles to pay out at the sportsbooks. Toronto has limited opponents to 107 or fewer points in five of six overall contests, fueling a healthy 9-3 run for the UNDER in totals betting. However, the team has been dominant when favoured by 10 or more points on home court, winning outright in 27 straight since January 2017, and covering in three of their last four such contests at online betting sites.

The Wizards continue a four-game road trip on Wednesday after dropping a 121-112 decision in Detroit as 6-point underdogs on Monday night. Washington has struggled badly on the road, losing SU and ATS in four of five to tumble to 7-22 SU on the road on the season.

Washington’s struggles have been complicated by a season-ending injury to John Wall, who will be lost for up to 12 months after undergoing surgery on a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The Wizards have demonstrated resilience since losing their star point guard, going 10-11 SU in 21 outings since Dec. 26, but have struggled badly in recent regular-season meetings with the Raptors, losing outright in four straight overall, and in 13 of 17 matchups at Scotiabank Arena since December 2009.

Low scoring has also marked recent dates between these two clubs in Toronto, with the UNDER prevailing in 11 of 12 clashes prior to the Raptors’ 125-107 rout of Washington as 10.5-point home chalk on Nov. 23.

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