The Toronto Raptors are building on their solid display

When the Washington Wizards front office decided to trade Russell Westbrook, the hope was that the team would do better on defense this time around. Russ was known to pout and work half-heartedly on defense. Their 118.5 defensive rating last season was just one of the team’s low points.

The preseason, at least the first two games, is trending towards that ignominious number. After two friendlies, the Washington Wizards are dead last in the league at 117.2. Again, the preseason could either be nothing or it could be the telltale sign of yet another mediocre defensive output.

The best teams in the East are likely to be offensively great and defensively solid. The Washington Wizards have a very tall task making the playoffs this year.

Key Player – Bradley Beal

The Washington Wizards can’t ask any more from Bradley Beal. Since being drafted by the Wizards, he has done nothing but play to the best of his abilities despite the odds and the roster around him.

This preseason, he has led the team in scoring and minutes played with 16 PPG and 23.4 MPG, respectively. He rounds out his average with 3.5 APG and 3.0 RPG. More than his numbers, he is showing everyone that he is not sulking or looking for a way out yet.

Beal is simply doing what a leader should do for a Washington Wizards team that could potentially be overhauled mid-season if the All-Star guard asks for a trade.

Look for Bradley Beal to continue his excellence. He can only hope that his teammates will follow his lead.
Washington Wizards Predicted Lineup

G – Spencer Dinwiddie | G – Bradley Beal | F – Corey Kispert | F – Kyle Kuzma | C – Daniel Gafford

Raptors vs Wizards Match Prediction

The Toronto Raptors are building on their solid display with every preseason game. Nick Nurse is clearly trying to go back to the identity that made them world champions. It’s a scrappy team with a ton of defensive versatility and just enough offensive firepower to win games.

The Washington Wizards need to put in more effort and focus on defense to make this game a close one. It is quite understandable that the defense is a little clunky and disjointed, but the effort has to be there. They can’t hang their heads with lapses in defense or offense this early in the season.

If the Washington Wizards don’t show urgency and the Toronto Raptors are consistent with their performance, this could yet be another lopsided loss for the home team.

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