Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat, NBA Basketball Odds, Las Vegas Online Sports Betting, Picks and Prediction

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TORONTO RAPTORS MIAMI HEAT
42-29 March 23, 7:30 PM | American Airlines Arena 35-36
Toronto at Miami, Sports Betting Online
When: 7:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 23, 2017
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, Sportsnet One (Toronto), FSN Sun (Miami)
Team Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
801 –Toronto Raptors +4½ -110 +165 Ov 200½ -105
802 –Miami Heat -4½ -110 -190 Un 200½ -115
 

A winning streak will be on the line for the Toronto Raptors on Thursday when they battle the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS (42-29): Ibaka will at least be a little lighter in the wallet if not suspended after the melee on Tuesday, but at least Toronto found a group that could compete without Ibaka late in the game. “Win, lose or draw I thought we were scrapping, competing, and that’s all you can ask of your team this time of year, is to play that way,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey told reporters. “We found the group that was going to go in there and fight. … We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win in the first three quarters. We gave ourselves a chance to win in the fourth quarter.” All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan led that charge and finished with 42 points and eight assists.

ABOUT THE HEAT (35-36): Miami has its sights set on moving up in the standings and is a half-game behind seventh-place Milwaukee and 1 1/2 back of sixth-place Indiana entering play on Tuesday, but the team was not all smiles after Tuesday’s win. Center Hassan Whiteside grabbed 14 rebounds to reach 936 on the season – surpassing Rony Seikaly’s franchise record of 934 – and scored 23 points before leaving late with a cut on his hand that required 13 stitches to close. “It’s in an awkward place in his hand,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who watched Whiteside miss three games with a similar injury two seasons ago, told reporters. “I know people are thinking, ‘Is it the same as two years ago? Is it worse?’ We’ll see.”

Oddsmakers currently have the Heat listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Raptors, while the game’s total is sitting at 200½.

The Miami Heat have risen into the top eight in the Eastern Conference, and a .500 record is the next stop. The Heat will try to reach the break-even point when they host another hot team battling for positioning in the East in the Toronto Raptors on Thursday.

Miami has not seen .500 since improving to 2-2 with an overtime win over Sacramento on Nov. 1 but gave itself a chance to reach the mark by rolling over the Phoenix Suns 112-97 on Tuesday. That win, coupled with the Detroit’s loss at Brooklyn, gave the Heat sole possession of the No. 8 spot in the East, one game ahead of the Pistons. The Raptors are more comfortable in their playoff futures and are trying to jump back into the No. 3 spot. Toronto pulled within a half-game of the third-place Washington Wizards with a 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls on Tuesday that included a 16-point comeback in the final 16 minutes of regulation after a fistfight between Chicago’s Robin Lopez and the Raptors’ Serge Ibaka.

In their last action, Miami was a 112-97 winner at home against the Suns. They covered the -11.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (209) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Toronto, they were a 122-120 winner as they battled the Bulls at home. The Raptors failed to cover in the match as a -7.5-point favorite, while 242 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

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Toronto:
Team record: 42-29 SU,38-32-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Toronto is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road

Miami:
Team record: 35-36 SU,44-27 ATS
Miami is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
Miami is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Miami is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home

Next up:
Toronto at Dallas Saturday, March 25
Miami at Boston Sunday, March 26

NBA HOOPS TIPS

1. The Heat are already without SG Dion Waiters (ankle), who hopes to return before the end of the regular season.

2. Toronto PG Cory Joseph scored 19 points on Tuesday – his highest total since taking over the starting spot from Kyle Lowry (wrist) last month.

3. The teams split the first two meetings this season, with Miami earning a 104-89 home win on March 11.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Toronto Raptors will cover the spread at +4.5 and the game will stay under 200½ points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Raptors 102, Heat 96 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
TOR TEAM MIA
107.1 PTS FOR 103.0
103.3 PTS AGNST 102.0
3.8 DIFF. 1.0
32.5 DEF REBOUNDS 33.3
10.7 OFF REBOUNDS 10.7
46.2 FG% 45.5
80.2 FT% 70.2
8.8 3 POINTERS 9.9
8.3 STEALS 7.1
BETTING TRENDS
TORONTO
Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto’s last 5 games on the road
Toronto is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Toronto is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games when playing Miami
Toronto is 3-14 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Miami
Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
MIAMI
Miami is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Miami is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami’s last 8 games at home
Miami is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Toronto
Miami is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Toronto
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Toronto’s Overall Scoring vs Miami’s Overall Defense 107.1 9 102.0 5
Toronto’s Away Scoring vs Miami’s Home Defense 103.3 14 101.8 8
Toronto’s Road Rebounds vs Miami’s Home Rebounds Allowed 41.9 23 42.6 12
Miami’s Overall Scoring vs Toronto’s Overall Defense 103.0 22 103.3 8
Miami’s Home Scoring vs Toronto’s Road Defense 106.7 15 103.6 7
Miami’s Home Rebounds vs Toronto’s Road Rebounds Allowed 43.8 19 44.1 11
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
TORONTO
No trends to report
MIAMI
Miami has the worst free throw percentage in the league with just 70.2.
Miami leads the league in three points made allowed with 7.8 per game.

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