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Preview: Raptors (48-34) at Wizards (44-38)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Date: February 18, 2014 7:00 PM EDT
  

The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards haven't made the postseason since 2007-08, but they're thinking playoffs as the season's second half gets underway.

After a busy All-Star weekend, DeMar DeRozan and John Wall will no longer be teammates as the visiting Raptors aim for a fourth consecutive win over the Wizards on Tuesday night.

Wall had 12 points and DeRozan scored eight as the Eastern Conference came back to beat the West 163-155 in Sunday's All-Star game. Wall also threw down a spectacular dunk and was named dunker of the night in Saturday's slam dunk contest, leading his conference to victory alongside Indiana's Paul George and Toronto's Terrence Ross.

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"It was a great experience. Just to go out there and have fun with the league's best. To be in that same category is great," DeRozan said. "It was good to go out there and play with those guys, and now it's time to get back to work."

The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (28-24) come out of the break in third place in the East, with the Wizards (25-27) in sixth.

"If that's not a motivation then you've got to get the heck out of here," Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez said. "You don't see these opportunities very often. We're committed to the team and we understand what we're playing for.

"We want to make a run in the playoffs but we've got to finish the season strong and keep building confidence."

The Raptors are seeking a third consecutive win after beating Atlanta 104-83 on Wednesday. DeRozan led the way with 31 points while All-Star snub Kyle Lowry added 16 and 13 assists.

"Kyle's an All-Star on and off the court in my opinion," said DeRozan, averaging 26.9 points over his last 10 games. "We wouldn't be where we are today if it wasn't for Kyle. I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for Kyle, to be honest. We all understand that."

The Wizards entered the break with four losses in five games, including a 113-112 defeat at Houston on Wednesday. Trevor Ariza had a season-high 32 points and 11 rebounds and Wall scored 19 to go along with 14 assists, but Washington gave up the winning layup with 0.7 seconds remaining.

"It's too bad, these guys deserved to win that game. To have it taken from them like that, it's sad," coach Randy Wittman said. "The next 30 games is what we have to battle in all 30 games like we did tonight. There are no games to waste now."

Six of the Wizards' last seven defeats have come by three points or fewer or gone past regulation.

"I'm very excited, looking forward to seeing what we can do as a team," Wall said. "I feel like we let a lot of games slip away in the first half. We just have to be competitive and go do a better job in the second half and get us a better playoff spot."

Toronto has taken both matchups this season, winning 96-88 at home Nov. 22 despite Wall's season-high 37 points and 101-88 in Washington on Jan. 3.

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 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 TOR  +125   +2.5   196.5 
 WAS  -145   -2.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 TOR  +140   +3.5   196.5 
 WAS  -160   -3.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 TOR  15%   36%   62% 
 WAS  85%   64%   38% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NBA HEAD TO HEAD
 Jan 3, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 101 Cover: 16 
 WAS 88 Under: 189 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Nov 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 88 Under: 184 
 TOR 96 Cover: 3.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Apr 3, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 78 Under: 166 
 TOR 88 Cover: 5.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 31, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 92 Over: 201 
 WAS 109 Cover: 13.5 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 90 Cover: 11.5 
 TOR 84 Under: 174 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Feb 19, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TOR 96 Cover: 11 
 WAS 88 Under: 184 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Oct 17, 2012  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 101 Cover: 3 
 TOR 104 Over: 205 
 Tools:   Recaps

 NBA PREVIEWS
 Tuesday, Feb 18
 
    Cavaliers at 76ers
7:05 PM EDT
    Raptors at Wizards
7:05 PM EDT
    Hawks at Pacers
7:05 PM EDT
    Bobcats at Pistons
7:35 PM EDT
    Magic at Bucks
8:05 PM EDT
    Knicks at Grizzlies
8:05 PM EDT
    Heat at Mavericks
8:35 PM EDT
    Suns at Nuggets
9:05 PM EDT
    Spurs at Clippers
10:35 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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