April 16th, 2018
The Toronto Raptors ended a longtime Game 1 playoff drought with a win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday. They’ll go for Game 2 on Tuesday in Toronto. The Wizards, meanwhile, will look to tie up this Eastern Conference series.
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The Wizards were led by John Wall, who had 23 points and 15 assists in a 114-106 loss on the road to open up the playoffs. Markieff Morris added 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. The Wizards couldn’t hold on to a four-point halftime lead, as they were outscored 59-47 after the break. They also couldn’t take advantage of 17 Toronto turnovers.
Serge Ibaka powered the Raptors with 23 points and 12 rebounds, while DeMar DeRozan had 19 points and six assists. The Raptors got a big boost from Delon Wright, who came off the bench to score 18 points. It was the first win in a series Game 1 in 17 years for the Raptors, who had dropped their previous 10 Game 1’s.
The Raptors are 7-3 SU and ATS in their last 10 meetings with the Wizards. Six of those games have come in under the posted total.
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