Three Things to Watch: Wizards at Raptors 11/7

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Feb 27, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) celebrates their victory with guard John Wall (10) against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. The Wizards beat the Raptors 134-129 in triple overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards are off to a good start without Bradley Beal. Although they struggled Wednesday night against a far inferior team, Randy Wittman has his team playing with confidence.

The same can be said for Toronto, who struggled against an inferior Celtics team on Wednesday.

But the loss of Amir Johnson down low will hurt the Raptors on Friday. While he’s not the biggest forward in the league, his athleticism helps him spread the floor while still being able to attack the basket.

DeRozan should be able to get the better of Temple, while Wall and Lowry will battle it out. Toronto has a better backcourt off the bench, but lack depth in every other position.

The Wizards needed triple overtime in Toronto to extend a four-game win streak to five last season, and I think they’ll do the same Friday night in less minutes.

Wizards 104, Raptors 99