NBA Playoff Preview: Miami at Toronto, Game 5
On Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors host the Miami Heat in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, with the series knotted at two games a piece. The Raptors surrendered a nine point lead in the fourth period in Game 4, capped off by Dwyane Wade’s layup to send the game to overtime. The Heat dominated overtime and won, 94-87, to send the series tied back up to Canada. Find the latest NBA betting odds here.
NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors, Game 5
When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 8:00pm Eastern time
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto
Radio: Sportsnet 590 AM The Fan Toronto
Live Stream: NBA-Stream.com
NBA Odds: TBA
Why should you bet on Miami?
Despite their all-star status, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry continue to be inconsistent offensively. When they are playing well, Toronto is just about unbeatable. However, their inconsistent nights lead to losses for the Raptors in the playoffs. It plagued them against Indiana and it is again with the Heat. This allowed the Heat time to come back after a dismal offensive performance on their own. If the Heat can stay in the heads of these two guards in Game 5, they have an excellent shot of another road win.
Why should you put your money on the Raptors?
Despite the fact that Dwyane Wade put up 30 and DeRozan and Lowry looked like they’d taken an ice bath before coming out to shoot, the Raptors still held the lead late — and this is after losing big man Jonas Valanciunas for the rest of the postseason. Cory Joseph and Terrence Ross did step up in Game 4, chipping in 14 points apiece, along with Bismack Biyombo and DeMarre Carroll (13 points apiece). So getting some key stops — and getting some late defense against Wade — will give the Raptors a win in Game 5.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
A day off will help DeRozan’s injured thumb recuperate, and the duo of guards plays much better at home. I’m predicting a 104-98 Raptor win.