How to Bet the Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Game

Posted by Aaron . on January 22, 2016 in

This Friday night, the Miami Heat head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. Tipoff will be 8:00pm Eastern time at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. Both of these teams have designs on contending in the East, but they also both have problems to solve before they can consider themselves ready to challenge the Cavaliers as the dominant teams in the conference. To check out NBA betting lines, click here.

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Why should you bet on the Heat?

Hassan Whiteside has shown that he can dominate the paint for Miami. When the two teams met in Miami on November 8, Miami rolled over the Raptors, 96-76. Whiteside scored 20 points, grabbed 11 boards and swatted six shots. Toronto did win in Miami on December 18, as DeMar DeRozan dropped 30 on the Heat, converting 10 of 13 free throws. The Heat have been moving up the standings in the Eastern Conference, taking advantage of the scoring prowess of Chris Bosh and supporting Dwyane Wade’s breakneck trips to the rim. Wade is questionable (shoulders), as are Whiteside (oblique), Luol Deng (eye), Goran Dragic (calf) and Beno Udrih (neck). Chris Andersen (knee) and Josh McRoberts (knee) will not play. Injuries have plagued the Heat for the last month or so — and the only player who has appeared in all 43 of the team’s games so far is Chris Bosh. In their most recent loss in Washington, the Heat only had eight healthy players on the roster. The Wizards were not sympathetic: Bradley Beal and John Wall each had 18 points in that game, Nene had 16, and Marcin Gortat added 15.

Why should you put your money on the Raptors?

The Raptors will have to escape Miami's scorching plays.

Toronto has won three of the last four contests between these two teams, after dropping 16 in a row to the Heat. The Heat are in the middle of a five-game trip, and after Friday they have two days off before a Monday tilt in Chicago. The Heat have lost three in a row right now, as well as six of seven. On Wednesday, the Washington Wizards manhandled the Heat, 106-87. The Raptors on the other hand have a six-game winning streak heading into Friday night, with their most recent win coming in a 115-109 result over the Boston Celtics, with DeRozan putting up 34 points. Toronto shot a white-hot 65.2 percent in the first quarter to build an eight-point advantage, and while they let Boston creep back into it during the second period, the Raptors put 40 on the board in the third period in order to salt the game away. The Raptors are also enjoying a seven-game homestand, free of the worries of going on the road for a while. The Raptors will be missing DeMarre Carroll once again as he continues to recover from his knee surgery.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Given the holes that have developed in the Heat roster due to injury, I think that Toronto will feast on the competition on Friday night. I like the Raptors to roll, 106-92, sending Miami to another loss and keeping them reeling until their teammates come back from the infirmary.