Tonight's game: Wizards-Raptors preview

Tonight's game: Wizards-Raptors preview
February 25, 2013, 10:00 am
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Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots the ball over Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal (3).

(Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Wizards vs. Raptors

at Air Canada Centre

TV: CSN, 7 p.m. ET

Season series: Raptors lead 1-0.

Last meeting: The Raptors won 96-88 on Feb. 19, beating the Wizards at Verizon Center. F Rudy Gay and G DeMar DeRozan each had 24 points to end the Wizards’ three-game home winning streak. Wizards G John Wall missed 11 of his 12 shot attempts and committed seven turnovers.

Previous game: Wizards came from 17 points down to beat the Houston Rockets 105-103 at home on Saturday; Raptors beat the New York Knicks 100-98 at home on Friday.

Projected starting lineups: Wizards – PG Wall, SG Bradley Beal, SF Martell Webster, PF Nene, C Emeka Okafor. Raptors – PG Kyle Lowry, SG DeRozan, SF Gay, PF Amir Johnson, C Jonas Valanciunas.

Matchup watch:  Since Gay came in a trade earlier this month, the Raptors are 7-3 and he has hit two game-winning shots. Webster, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the first meeting, drew the primary defensive assignment. Gay had 24 points and eight rebounds. Trevor Ariza, who is playing starter's minutes off the bench, will pick up Gay, too.

Trending upward: Wall has double-doubles in consecutive games, finishing with 12 points and 11 assists in the win vs. the Rockets. Another double-double would establish a season-long streak. The Wizards are 4-1 when Wall, who played his first game of the season Jan. 12, posts a double-double. Their lone loss was 95-94 to the Sacramento Kings.

Trending downward: Though the Wizards have a winning record since Wall's return on  Jan. 12, they're just 3-7 on the road during that span. 

He said it: “When we are on the road, we don’t play the same way we need to when we are at home. … We all know what it takes now, we all understand. To finish the season the way we want to, we need to do a better job. We owe Toronto because we didn't have the best game that we've had of our season. I had a terrible game leading my team, and other guys didn't step up. We know what we need to do to stop them.” – Wall.

Looking ahead: Wednesday vs. Detroit Pistons, 7; Friday vs. New York Knicks, 7; Sunday vs. Philadelphia 76ers, 6. All on CSN.