Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards Prediction & Match Preview – October 12th, 2021 | NBA Preseason 2021-22
The Toronto Raptors will travel to Washington DC for a friendly against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.
Nick Nurse’s team has been showing tangible and exciting developments. J.B. Bickerstaff, on the other hand, is striving for form and consistency.
While the Toronto Raptors have a quick-change game after completely beating the Houston Rockets, the Washington Wizards will play after a long break.
The last time the Washington Wizards entered the court, they were defeated by the New York Knicks. In that game, the Wizards’ miserable defense was so shattered it made Kevin Knox look like Bradley Beal’s second coming.
Fixture: Toronto Raptors vs Washington Wizards
Date: Tuesday, October 12th; 7:00 PM ET (Wednesday, October 13th; 4:30 AM IST)
Venue: Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
Toronto Raptors preview
When the Toronto Raptors traded Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat, it felt like they were ready for a full rebuild and could miss the playoffs again. However, Precious Achiuwa is starting to show promise to him after stepping out of the shadows of Bam Adebayo.
Another very significant trend in the Toronto Raptors preseason is the emergence of OG Anunoby as an offensive catalyst. Not only has he improved his score, but he continues to be one of the best and most versatile defenders on the team.
The Toronto Raptors received backlash for choosing Scottie Barnes over Jalen Suggs, but they could have gotten the better player.
Head coach Nick Nurse hasn’t been afraid to use Scottie Barnes. The 20-year-old has excellent defensive instincts and has shown versatility, which is very rare for a big man.
If the preseason is any indication, the Toronto Raptors could make some noise with further development of their young core.
Washington Wizards preview
The preseason is just, well, the preseason. However, for Washington Wizards fans, there is a troubling trend that might be worth keeping an eye on. The Wizards lost to the New York Knicks in a game that wasn’t even as close as the 117-99 score suggested. If it weren’t for the Knicks’ lousy turnover rate, the game would have been very uneven in favor of Tom Thibodeau’s team.
When the Washington Wizards front office decided to trade Russell Westbrook, the hope was that the team would do better on defense this time. Russ was known for pouting and working halfheartedly on defense. His 118.5 defensive rating last season was just one of the team’s lowest points.
The preseason, at least the first two games, tends toward that ignominious number. After two friendlies, the Washington Wizards are last in the league at 117.2. Again, the preseason could be nothing or it could be the tell-tale sign of another mediocre defensive outing.
The best teams in the East are likely to be offensively great and defensively strong. The Washington Wizards have a big job to make the playoffs this year.
Raptors vs Wizards match prediction
The Toronto Raptors are building their solid display with every preseason game. Nick Nurse is clearly trying to get back to the identity that made them world champions. It’s a rudimentary team with plenty of defensive versatility and enough offensive firepower to win games.
The Washington Wizards must try harder and focus on defense for this game to be close. It’s quite understandable that the defense is a bit clumsy and disjointed, but the effort has to be there. They can’t lower their heads with failures on defense or offense this early in the season.
If the Washington Wizards show no urgency and the Toronto Raptors are consistent in their performance, this could be another lopsided loss for the home team.
Where to watch Raptors vs Wizards
The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards will meet live locally on NBCS Washington and Sportsnet 360. The game will also be presented live on NBA League Pass.