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Wizards vs. Raptors preview: Wiz aim to snap losing skid in Toronto

NBA: Washington Wizards at Toronto Raptors Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Game Info

When: Sunday, November 5 at 6 p.m.
Where: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Win probabilities: Toronto has a 67 percent chance of winning according to FiveThirtyEight.

Injury Report

Wizards: John Wall (Questionable, Shoulder), Sheldon Mac (Out, Achilles)

Raptors: C.J. Miles (Day-to-Day, Illness)

What to Watch for

Will the Wizards solve their defensive woes?

Ever since an impressive win in Denver to kick off their road trip last week, Washington’s defense has been a mess. They struggled to slow down the Lakers, couldn’t stave off a comeback from the Warriors, held down the Kings (because who doesn’t?), and then had especially woeful efforts against the Suns and Cavaliers.

Over the last two games, the Wizards are giving up 126 points per 100 possessions. Granted, some of that can be attributed to injuries and getting Markieff Morris back up to game speed, but still, that doesn’t excuse all their struggles.

Washington can’t afford to be lackadaisical on the defensive end in Toronto. The Wizards have only won five of their last 16 games in Canada (including the two they won in the playoffs) and the Raptors have had one of the most efficient offenses in the league this season. This isn’t a game where Washington can get by with just outscoring their opponent.

A random moment in Wizards - Raptors history: The time John Wall drilled Marcin Gortat in the face

Thankfully, the Wizards won this game so we can still laugh about how funny this look and also empathize with how bad Marcin Gortat’s face must have felt in the immediate aftermath of the play.