NBA Betting Preview: Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat – April 11, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida
When: Wednesday April 11th at 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Raptors -4
Quick Pick: Miami Heat +4 for 3 units
BookMaker has the Toronto Raptors favored by 4 over the Miami Heat. The Toronto Raptors enter this game winners of four of their last five including a current four game winning streak after beating the Boston Celtics 96-78, the Pacers 92-73, the Magic 112-101 and the Pistons 108-98. The Miami Heat enter this game losers of three of their last five including a current two game losing streak after losing to the Knicks 98-122 and the Thunder 93-115.
These two teams have played each other in 81 regular season game with the Miami Heat leading the series 51-30.
The teams split the other two games this season with the Raptors winning the most recent game 115-112. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Miami Heat.
The Heat are 43-38 SU and 39-36-6 ATS. The Heat have already clinched a playoff spot and will either by the 6, 7 or 8 seed in the Eastern Conference as they are one game behind the Milwaukee Bucks and a .5 game ahead of the Washington Wizards. Miami is 15-21-4 ATS at home, 21-14-2 ATS after a loss and 22-16-3 ATS as an underdog.
Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring and assists with 1,296 points and 359 assists. Hassan Whiteside leads the team in rebounds and blocks with 606 rebounds and 92 blocks. Josh Richardson leads the team in steals with 119. Miami is averaging 103.26 points per game which ranks 24th in the NBA. The Heat are allowing 102.86 points per game which ranks 4th in the NBA.
The Raptors are 59-22 SU and 43-37-1 ATS. The Raptors have secured the 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, so they will have home court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs, but even with that Vegas still has the Cleveland Cavaliers as the favorites to win the Eastern Conference.
Toronto is 22-18 ATS on the road, 30-27-1 ATS after a win and 34-33-1 ATS as a favorite. DeMar DeRozan leads the team in scoring with 1,821 points. Kyle Lowry leads the team in assists with 528. Jonas Valanciunas leads the team in rebounds with 653. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are tied for the team lead in steals with 85 apiece. Jakob Poelti leads the team in blocks with 98. Toronto is averaging 111.69 points per game which ranks 3rd in the NBA. The Raptors are allowing 103.74 points per game which ranks 6th in the NBA.
The Miami Heat get the cover and the win
Toronto has nothing left to play for and since this game is on the road I would not be surprised to see the majority of their starters rest for this game. Miami is playing for playoff positioning with a win and a Bucks loss they would get the 6 seed, but with a loss and a Wizards win they would fall to 8th. I look for this one to be close, but I see the Heat winning this game and with the points that makes this side look even better. Make sure to bet this match-up on BookMaker.
Pick: Miami Heat +4 for 3 units