Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors

 

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Two Eastern Conference teams will face off against each other on Wednesday as the Miami Heat travel to Amalie Arena to take on the Toronto Raptors. Miami enters this game with a 5-7 record after beating Detroit at home by six points in its last game while Toronto enters this game with a 5-8 record after beating Dallas at home by 23 points in its last game. This game will start at 7:30 P.M. EST.

Miami Looks For A Rare Road Win

The Miami Heat enter this game on a high note as they were able to snap a three-game losing streak after defeating the Detroit Pistons at home by six points in their last game. In that game, Miami’s defense was solid as it only allowed 107 points while forcing the opposition into committing 18 turnovers. However, Miami now has to travel on the road which has been a problem up to this point. The Heat have lost four of their first five games in opposing arenas so one has to wonder if they will be able to get a rare road victory on Wednesday against a conference rival. If Miami plans on getting the job done, then it will need to continue playing solid defense.

Leading the Heat offensively is center Bam Adebayo who is averaging a team-high 19.5 points per game along with a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 1.2 blocks per game as he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

Following the victory against Detroit, Miami guard Goran Dragic discussed how important it is for his team to compete despite missing several key players.

“We’re not the only team in this league who is dealing with those problems. So we have to play with our players that we have and hope to grind it, and hopefully that will be enough.”

Raptors Look To Extend Their Winning Streak

The Toronto Raptors have been on fire lately as they have won each of their last three games including a 23-point home victory against the Dallas Mavericks in their last game. In that game, Toronto’s offense was fantastic as it scored 116 points while shooting 50.0 percent from the floor. It is also worth mentioning that each of those three victories have come at Amalie Arena as the Raptors have started to look increasingly comfortable in their temporary home arena. Now, Toronto will be looking to extend its winning streak with another game at Amalie Arena up next on Wednesday.

Leading the Raptors offensively is point guard Kyle Lowry who is averaging a team-high 19.1 points per game along with a team-high 7.1 assists per game. However, he is also averaging a team-high 3.3 turnovers per game so he will need to make better decisions with the basketball moving forward.

Following the home victory against Dallas, Toronto coach Nick Nurse commented about how his team has improved after a slow start to the regular season.

“We’re trying to smooth out some things and extend our good moments of play over the course of the game, and I think it takes a little time. But I think there’s a lot of basketball to be played. I don’t think we were desperate for this.”

The Bottom Line
What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
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Both of these teams have been very disappointing this season but Toronto seems to be finding its stride a bit so I think that this spread is a bit too low. The Raptors have won each of their last three games while the Heat have lost three of their last four games so I think that Toronto should be able to ride some of that momentum over these 48 minutes. Plus, Toronto has the better offense and the better defense in this matchup so I think that it should be able to win this home game by at least four points.

Prediction:
Toronto Raptors -3.5

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Full-Game Total Pick
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Both of these teams have been pretty good offensively and pretty underwhelming defensively this season so I think that this total is a bit too low. Toronto is averaging 111.8 points per game and allowing 110.7 points per game while Miami is averaging 110.3 points per game and allowing 113.8 points so I think that this game should be a lot more high-scoring than what oddsmakers anticipate. Plus, the spread in this game is low so there should should be a decent amount of scramble points which bodes well for the over. As a result, I think that there is some value with the over in this spot.

Prediction:
Over The Posted Total

Half-Time Side Pick
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Toronto has been playing its best basketball of the season over the past week while Miami has still been in a slump so I think that the Raptors should be able to get off to a hot start in this game. Miami has lost four of its first five road games this season while Toronto has won four of its first six home games so I expect the Heat to struggle on both sides of the ball over the first 24 minutes of this game. Plus, Toronto is the better rebounding team so it should be able to generate enough second chance points in order to cover this first half point spread.

Prediction:
Toronto Raptors 1H