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(22-17) Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors (27-10)
Date: Tuesday, January 9
Time: 7:30 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -6.5
NBA Betting Total: 208.5
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Miami doesn’t have a single All-Star on its roster (though Goran Dragic was one in the Slovenian League); the Heat have dealt with injuries to Hassan Whiteside, Dragic, Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow, among others; yet, Coach Spo’s team is 22–17 and in fifth-place in the Eastern Conference.
It’s a testament to the head coach and also an indication of just how inconsistent the rest of the Eastern Conference is after you move past Boston, Cleveland, Toronto and Washington. As well as teams like the Pacers, Pistons and Bucks have looked for stretches of this season, they have all gone through lower lows than the Heat has, despite the challenges.
Miami is playing better than it has at any other point in the season now, however. Dion Waiters has been out, but that isn’t much of a problem; in fact, Miami looks better without him, at least better than when he plays big minutes in the starting lineup.
The Heat won its fourth game in a row when Josh Richardson hit the game-winner against Utah over the weekend. A win in Toronto could put Miami in the top half of the East’s playoff picture; it’s only a win behind Washington as it continues it’s stealthy ascent up the standings.
The Raptors are playing pretty well these days, too. They have re-started a winning streak after losing back-to-back games following a six-gamer in December. Toronto hasn’t lost in 2018 with four straight wins over the Hawks, Bucks (x2) and Bulls.
Jonas Valanciunas put up 20 and nine in the third quarter in Toronto’s game over the weekend in Milwaukee. He is still starting, though he only plays 15-20 minutes a night, and giving the Raptors valuable minutes banging the opponents in the interior.
But Pascal Siakam’s emergence has cut into JV’s minutes. Really, Siakam is just one of Toronto’s many young players to have developed into bonafide NBA rotational players.
It was Luc Richard Mbah Moute who discovered Siakam in Cameroon during his camp in his native Cameroon.
Mbah Moute helped him get over to the States, where he eventually went to New Mexico State, won Mountain West Freshman of the Year and then Conference Player of the Year in the season after.
He doesn’t have a ton of offensive skill, but what he does for Toronto is run, play great defense, rebound and play within himself on a team that does just that.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 8-0 in MIA last 8 Tue. games.
- Under is 8-2 in MIA last 10 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 9-4 in MIA last 13 vs. Eastern Conference.
- TOR are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 Tue. games.
- TOR are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 39-19 in TOR last 58 Tue. games.
- Head to Head: Favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Head to Head: Home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction: it’s close, but Toronto comes away with the win.
The Raptors have a game on Monday night before this one. The back-to-back will make it tough and this game should be close into the fourth, where Toronto will find a way to emerge victorious.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat ATS.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 98 – Toronto 102
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