The Miami Heat (32-19) hit the road in back-to-back days to take on the Toronto Raptors (25-23) at Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 ET. Both teams played their second game in a row with the falling to the Celtics 122-92 on the road, while the Raptors picked up a win in Atlanta 106-100. The last time these two faced off, the Raptors came out victorious on the road 124-120.
Miami Heat Betting Preview: Heat Struggling on the Road
The Miami Heat have been in excellent form, winning nine of their last 13 games overall. Still, they will be looking to rebound from a heartbreaking 124-120 triple-overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors in their last matchup on January 29th.
Jimmy Butler had a triple-double, including 37 points against the Raptors in their last matchup but was not in the lineup against the Celtics. Thirty points in the Garden crushed the Heat, and Miami has been plagued by the injury bug, including star guard Kyle Lowry. Miami will hope to get Butler back, averaging 22 points, six rebounds, and six rebounds.
The Miami Heat now head into Toronto just a couple of days removed from an exhausting triple-overtime defeat and a blowout loss last night. Fatigue could be an issue. The Heat shot just 39.1% from the field and 17 of 44 from 3-point range as a team. The Heat still won’t be at full strength, but they are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, tied for first in the overall record.
Toronto Raptors Betting Preview: Raptors Look for Third Straight Victory
On Saturday night, Toronto defeated Miami in a thrilling triple-overtime thriller. The victory lifted the Raptors back above .500 on the season, highlighting the team’s depth issues. All five starters played more than 50 minutes in the triumph. Only 9 of their 124 points came from the bench.
After splitting their previous 12 games, the Toronto Raptors have secured a victory in three of their last four games and head back home to host the Heat. The Raptors score 107.5 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting while allowing 106.7 points per game on 45.9% shooting. Pascal Siakam averages 21 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Fred VanVleet averages 21.7 points and 7 assists. Toronto is hitting 34.5 percent from the three-point range and 75.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Both sides had just come off emotionally and physically demanding games, but the Raptors are playing strong basketball as of late. In their last victory, they got much-needed help from GARy Trent Jr, who posted 31 points on the night. Siakam and VanVleet chipped in another 41 points, and they’ll need their bench to chip in to beat a talented team like Miami again.
Heat vs. Raptors betting lines
MyBookie has the Toronto Raptors listed as the -2.5-point home favorite, while the total number of points is at 210.5 in the latest odds.
Free Betting Pick
Jimmy Buckets should be back in action once more against a Raptors club that has allowed 47.1 percent shooting on the road this season. The star forward is averaging 22 points per game, and he’ll go up against a Raptors defense that’s been hit or miss this season. It’s a serious issue, given that they don’t have many offensive options.
Pascal Siakam has been inconsistent as a scorer, and Fred VanVleet has tried to do too much at times. The problem is that this Heat squad plays strong defense, so they will need another good offensive outing to compete with Miami.
Miami has just looked taxed on this road trip, and they will have to travel on the road again. At home, Miami has an 18-6 record but is just 14-13 on the road. If Miami gets Jimmy Butler back, they should be able to compete in this one. But Toronto has looked like the better squad as of late, and they will have the momentum after beating them just a few days ago. Toronto is 3-1 ATS in their last four games, I like Toronto in this one.