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National Basketball Association
Toronto at Washington
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, November 28, 2015
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, District of Columbia

The Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are going in very different directions heading into their matchup in the nation's capitol on Saturday. Toronto, which swept the three-game season series in 2014-15, has won three in a row after knocking off Cleveland 103-99 on Wednesday in its return home following a five-game road trip.

The Raptors have held four straight opponents to fewer than 100 points and entered Friday ranked sixth in the NBA in scoring defense (96.6), a number that looks that much stronger next to Washington's (106.4). The Wizards had more issues slowing down their opponents in a 111-78 loss at Boston on Friday, which follows up a six-point fourth quarter in a collapse at Charlotte two days earlier. Point guard John Wall, who questioned coach Randy Wittman's tactics in the loss to the Hornets, had 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting in a lackluster showing against the Celtics. Washington shot a season-low 32.1 percent in its sixth loss of at least 14 points.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One (Toronto), CSN Mid-Atlantic (Washington)

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (10-6): The Raptors are receiving a nice boost from Bismack Biyombo, who has stepped into the starting lineup and shined in place of injured center Jonas Valanciunas. In two games as a starter, Biyombo is averaging 8.5 points and 13 rebounds, helping Toronto gain an 88-54 advantage in points in the paint. "He set the tone for us defensively," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Wednesday when addressing Biyombo. "Protecting the paint, talking, being physical, being a deterrent at the rim and that was big for us as far as protecting the paint."

ABOUT THE WIZARDS (6-7): While Toronto seems to be meshing on the interior, Washington's starting frontcourt produced 10 points while shooting 4-of-21 in the loss to Boston. The Wizards have been outrebounded by 22 over the last two games while getting outscored in the paint by an 88-50 margin. It didn't help matters Friday when Nene left the game with a calf injury, and the big man is very questionable to be on the court against the Raptors.


1. Raptors PG Kyle Lowry is averaging 21.6 points over a 10-game span.

2. Wizards SG Bradley Beal hit five 3-pointers and scored 26 points in his only game against Toronto last season.

3. Toronto PF Luis Scola, who entered the season with 10 career 3-pointers, is 12-of-24 from long range.

PREDICTION: Raptors 106, Wizards 99
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div Conf
Toronto 10-6 W3 4-1 6-5 1-0 9-6 2-1 5-3
Washington 6-7 L3 3-3 3-4 0-0 6-7 2-2 5-6
Last Meeting
Toronto Washington
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
4/26/15 TOR 94 WAS 125 94 37 43.9 125 42 55.4
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Lowry 21 53.3 3
Washington B. Beal 23 33.3 10
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto J. Valanciunas 9 3 6
Washington M. Gortat 11 5 6
Assists Player  
Toronto D. DeRozan 4
Washington J. Wall 10
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Toronto K. Lowry 439 44.0 117
Washington B. Beal 269 48.9 22
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Toronto J. Valanciunas 175 53 122
Washington M. Gortat 149 43 106
Assists Player  
Toronto K. Lowry 128
Washington J. Wall 143
Quickchart Matchup
Toronto Off vs  Washington Defense
101.1 Points For
106.8 Points Against
43.6 FG%
46.2 FG%
44.8 Reb
45.3 Reb
Washington Off vs  Toronto Defense
100.5 Points For
96.6 Points Against
43.6 FG%
43.5 FG%
45.3 Reb
40.3 Reb