NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – February 13, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario
When: Tuesday February 13th at 7:00 PM ET
Spread: Toronto -7.5
Quick Pick: Raptors -7.5 for 3 units
BookMaker has the Toronto Raptors favored by 7.5 against the Miami Heat. The Raptors enter this game on a five game winning streak that includes a win on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets by a score of 123-103. The Heat enter this game losers of four of their last five, but are coming off a win on Friday against the Milwaukee Bucks by a score of 91-85. These two teams have played each other 80 times with the Heat leading the series 51-29. The Heat won the matchup earlier in the season by a score of 90-89. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the Miami Heat.
The Heat are 30-26 SU and 26-27-3 SU. If the playoffs started today the Heat would be the 8 seed in the East. The Heat have hit a slump as of late as they have lost five of their last six. They are just barely hanging on to the last spot in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The Heat are 18-11 ATS as a road team, 12-16-1 ATS after a win and 17-13-1 ATS as an underdog. Goran Dragic is leading the team in scoring and assists with 876 points and 243 assists.
Hassan Whiteside leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 445 rebounds and 61 blocks. Josh Richardson leads the team in steals with 74. Miami is averaging 100.29 points per game which ranks 28th in the NBA. The Heat are allowing 101.12 points per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA.
The Raptors are 39-16 SU and 31-24 ATS. If the playoffs started today the Raptors would be the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have the best record in the East, but are under the radar because everyone is focused on the Celtics and Cavaliers. This is the best team the Raptors have had and they have to be considered one of the favorites to win the East and possibly challenge the Warriors for the NBA championship.
The Raptors are 16-11 ATS as a home team, 20-18 ATS after a win and 23-21 ATS as a favorite. DeMar Derozan leads the team in scoring and rebounds with 1,317 points and 65 steals. Kyle Lowry leads the team in assists with 331. Jonas Valanciunas leads the team in rebounds with 428. Serge Ibaka leads the team in blocks with 68. Toronto is averaging 111.62 points per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA. The Raptors are allowing 103.33 points per game which ranks 7th in the NBA.
Toronto makes a statement against the Heat
If the playoffs started today this would be a first round matchup as the Raptors would have the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the Heat would have the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. I look for the Raptors to make a statement in a win at home in this game with their offense and defense ranking in the top 10. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.
Pick: Raptors -7.5 for 3 units