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(7-11) Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors (16-4)
Date: Sunday, November 25
Time: 6:00PM EST
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -11.5
NBA Betting Total: 218.5
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Sunday, November 25 finds the Miami Heat playing the Toronto Raptors in first meeing of the 2018-19 regular season. Miami arrives having last played Friday in a win over the Bulls. Meanwhile, the Raptors last played the Wizards in a win on Friday.
Last season, the Heat won the season series two games to one. The Heat hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 52 of their 82 matches.
After losing three in a row the Heat was able to return to the win column via a victory in Chicago. Still, this squad has issues scoring and with so many of their playmakers sidelined it makes for a difficult task.
Josh Richardson led the way versus the Bulls scoring 27 points while Hassan Whiteside registered a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds. Bam Adebayo also produced a double-double (14 points, 13 rebounds) while three others scored in double digits (McGruder, Wade, Winslow).
The Heat are injury depleted with a slew of their best players out. Tyler Johnson (right hamstring) missed the past two games and will not play Sunday. Goran Dragic (knee) is out until December and Dion Waiters (left ankle surgery) is out indefinitely.
Despite the Raptors boasting the best record in the NBA they’ve had to navigate copious injuries particularly to their wing and guard depth. Each of Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright, OG Anunoby, Norman Powell, C.J. Miles and Kawhi Leonard have missed time.
Only Powell remains out and Leonard’s missed games were a by-product of managing his rest as he returns from the quad injury of last season.
Although the competition hasn’t been of the elite nature in their four-game win streak fans are starting to see how this team will play once they have consistent time on the court.
The key areas of growth are defense and the reserve unit. The win against the Wizards demonstrated the reserve unit strength and what cohesion and consistent time on court will offer the squad.
NormanPowell (shoulder) will be out at least until mid December.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Over is 7-3 in Heat last 10 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Over is 13-3 in Raptors last 16 home games.
- Over is 11-3 in Raptors last 14 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Heat are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Raptors are 6-4 in last 10 head to head contests
- Over-Under is 4-6 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
Miami even depleted always bring the grit versus the Raptors. There may be some payback on certain Raptors minds as last season ended with a dirty hit by Bam Adebayo on Fred VanVleet which separated his shoulder and affected his postseason.
Raptors will win, but how physical the game gets could be the bigger story.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors ATS
NBA Free Score Prediction: Raptors 118 – Heat 103
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