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(38-41) Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors (56-24)
Date: Sunday, April 7
Time: 12:00PM EST
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -7.5
NBA Betting Total: 215
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Sunday, April 7 finds the Miami Heat playing the Toronto Raptors in their final meeting of the 2018-19 regular season. Miami arrives having last played Friday in a loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Meanwhile, the Raptors also played Friday losing to the Hornets for the second time in the past seven games; their only loss in that period.
Last season, the Heat took two of the three games in the clubs regular season meetings, but the Raptors have won all three games this season. The Heat hold the all-time record having bested the Raptors in 52 of their 85 matches.
After losing three in a row the Heat have their backs against the wall as they’ve fallen into the ninth seed and are a full game back of the Pistons who sit in ninth.
Miami has just three games left to make up the difference and get back on the ladder. Every game is now a must win scenario for the Heat who’ll play the 76ers and Nets after Toronto.
The Heat have dealt with a slew of injuries all season long and will enter gameplay Sunday without three players. Derrick Jones Jr. (knee) is unlikely to suit up.
The big loss, however, is Josh Richardson who just returned from missing three games due to a heel injury only to suffer a right hip strain which will keep him out of action for the next two weeks. Ryan Anderson (personal) is away from the team.
Recalling the last game of the season in 2017-18 the Raptors were in Miami and pushing to win 60 games. In spite of the team already having locked down the top seed then coach Dwane Casey elected to play his core in clutch time.
The result was an injury to Fred VanVleet who got tackled by Bam Adebayo. VanVleet suffered a separated shoulder, missed the first round and never looked right when he returned in round two.
Nick Nurse will not make the same mistake this year. Since it’s the last home game for the Raptors it’s likely the main players will start but it’s equally likely they won’t play for long given there is nothing to be gained by winning another game now that the Bucks have locked up the top seed.
Patrick McCaw sprained right thumb is out and again, it won’t be surprising if Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, and others are rested in this match or don’t play past the half.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Under is 7-2 in Heat last 9 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Under is 6-2 in Heat last 8 vs. NBA Atlantic.
- Raptors are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Raptors are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games
- Underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.
- Heat are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 head to head meetings
- Raptors are 7-3in last 10 head to head contests
- Over-Under is 5-5 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
For as much as the Raptors will want to close out their last game at home on a winning note, this season has never been about the regular season. The memories of losing Fred VanVleet late last year in Miami are top of mind and the unnecessary reason why it happened still resonates.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat plus points
Conversely, the Heat have everything to lose and will need to play this match like a game seven in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 108 – Raptors 105
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