Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat Preview

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Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat Preview


Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat Preview


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For the second time in less than two weeks, the Toronto Raptors will be paying a visit to the Miami Heat at the FTX Arena. The Raptors last played on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls when they suffered a 111-105 loss. Toronto has a .500 record on the season and is the ninth seed in the Eastern Conference. They are a half-game behind the Boston Celtics for the eighth seed.

The Miami Heat knocked off the Los Angeles Clippers, 121-114, on Friday night. The Heat will play their first back-to-back set of games in two weeks. Miami is the top team in the East with a 32-17 record through 50 games. The Heat are on a roll having won eight of their last 10 games. On Jan. 17, the Heat beat the Raptors, 104-99. Tyler Herro led the Heat with 23 points, while Jimmy Butler scored 19.

How The Toronto Raptors Can Win:  

The Raptors hope to have similar performances from OG Anunoby and Gary Trent Jr. as they did on Wednesday against the Bulls. Trent Jr. scored 32 points and Anunoby added 23 points with five rebounds and four assists. Toronto is a younger team this season than they were in the past, but they are still on the brink of playoff contention. On the season, the Raptors are led in scoring by Fred VanVleet, who is averaging 21.7 points. VanVleet is questionable to play against the Heat as of Friday evening. Right behind VanVleet is Pascal Siakam with 21.0 points per game. If the quartet of VanVleet, Siakam, Anunoby, and Trent is able to score a combined 78 points, then that will help the Raptors stay in the game on offense against the best team in the Eastern Conference.

How The Miami Heat Can Win: 

The most important thing for the Heat will be to hold on to a lead late in the game. Against the Clippers, the Heat nearly squandered a late lead but they were able to hold on for the win. Gabe Vincent could be a factor in Saturday’s game, as he registered 23 points for the Heat in the win over the Clippers. Butler had 26 points along with Bam Adebayo’s 20 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. The Heat will likely score triple-digit points against the Raptors, which will help them win if they are able to. The Heat have scored 100 points in their last six games and are 5-1 during that stretch. If they can eclipse the 100-point mark, then Miami should win this game.

The Spread Via FanDuel: 

Toronto Raptors +4 (-112), (+152) Money Line

Miami Heat -4 (-108), (-180) Money Line

Final Prediction: Miami Heat 116, Toronto Raptors 105


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