NBA Raptors vs Heat Betting Preview

Posted by Aaron . on August 3, 2020 in

When Kawhi Leonard signed with the Clippers, many thought that the Raptors would be an average team, and maybe even go into rebuilding mode. Well, think again. Nick Nurse, arguably the best coach in the NBA right now, has led a team that many had predicted to be an average group, to the current #2 seed in the NBA Eastern Conference playoff race. On Monday afternoon, in the NBA, the Raptors will take on the Miami Heat in a battle of potential playoff teams. Let’s take a closer look at this upcoming Raptors vs Heat match so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.

NBA Raptors vs Heat Betting Preview

Raptors Starting Hot

Toronto is coming off of a dominant win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night, while the Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. Both of these teams will be top contenders for the Eastern Conference title. The Heat have defeated the Raptors twice this season, so the Raptors will be looking to avoid the season sweep.

Toronto came into the bubble on a four-game winning streak that was extended to five with the victory over the Lakers. Toronto is looking to wrap up the #2 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. They currently hold a 3 ½ game lead over the Boston Celtics. Toronto cannot catch the Milwaukee Bucks for the top seed, so if they clinch the #2 seed, they could choose to rest some of their top players for a playoff run.

Preparing for Postseason

As for the Heat, they are currently sitting in the fourth spot in the playoff race. The Heat are currently sitting 1 ½ games behind Boston for the #3 seed. The Southeast Division champions will be looking to win back-to-back games and stay in the chase for the third spot in the playoff race.

Many consider Nick Nurse to be the frontrunner for the NBA Coach of the Year. He has led the Raptors to one of the top records in the league. He has utilized many different defenses this year, which has led the Raptors to lead the league in scoring defense. The Raptors offense has also been strong this year, as they sport the 13th-ranked offensive unit.

Erik Spoelstra is also recognized as one of the top coaches in the league. The Heat have the 11th-ranked scoring defense, and are 15th in the league in scoring offense. The Heat is one of the most unselfish teams in the league, as Miami is 5th in assists, averaging just over 26 assists per game.

Although the Raptors lost Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, they were still left with a very strong core group of players. Led by Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry, along with Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka, and Norman Powell, the Raptors have five players averaging over 15 points per game. A big part of their game is the three-ball, as Toronto is averaging nearly 14 3’s per game.

Miami is led by Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Along with Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Goran Dragic, and Tyler Herro, the Heat have a nice offensive unit. The Heat also shoot the three-ball well, as they’re averaging nearly 13 per game.

Great Tune Up

Both teams are gearing up for long playoff runs. The Raptors are on a mission to prove that even though they lost Kawhi Leonard, they are still one of the top teams in the league. The Heat want to show everyone that they’re also primed for a nice run. This should be a tough defensive battle between two tough teams.