Free NBA Playoffs Pick: Heat vs Raptors Lines
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Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors
Round 2: Game 1
Date: Tuesday May 3
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
NBA Moneyline Odds: Raptos -200, Heat +170
NBA Betting Odds: Raptors -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 191
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Toronto is thrilled to advance for to the second round for just the second time in history, even if it took seven games to do so.
Miami also needed seven games to dispatch a scrappy Charlotte team.
Toronto looks to avoid dropping the first game of the series for the second time in a row. They need to jump on top at home.
The Heat may have romped over the Hornets in the game seven but that series was very tight overall. Now they have to get on a plane and face a Raptors team that I think is more talented.
The Heat’s main advantage is experience but not all of the guys they lean on were part of their championship years. In fact very few.
Dwyane Wade is still the key. On a game to game basis they can get by without him but there is no way the Heat advance unless he is their best player throughout the series. Athletically he is not what he once was but he is so savvy.
Miami has a burgeoning star in Hassan Whiteside and I am curious to see how they use him. He can really disrupt things on defense and is better on offense than most realize.
That might be the only matchup where the Heat have the edge and even that one is not by much. This team has a lot of try but they are not as good as Toronto.
Miami is going to have to hope Toronto has a bit of a hangover from their series win if they are going to snag this one.
Toronto closed out Indiana on Sunday night. It wasn’t always pretty but they got the series victory they have been hunting for the last two seasons.
The reward is a series against an opponent they can definitely beat and being at home while Miami had to wait to see where they were travelling to could be an advantage. During the regular season they took three of four against the Heat.
DeMar DeRozan did not have a great series against the Pacers but getting guarder by Paul George is no picnic. He should find it easier against Miami which does not have a perimeter defender of the same calibre.
I am sure coach Dwayne Casey is hoping he can build off the win over Indiana. I love their depth but they are still best when he leads the way.
Kyle Lowry also needs to be more consistent. He has an elbow injury that might not get right until the offseason and he has to respect his limitations.
After a long series the depth of the Raptors could be the different in this one.
They have lots of guys they can throw at Wade and other to slow them down.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games.
- Under is 6-0 in Heat last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Under is 4-0 in Heat last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
- Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 games following a straight up win.
Free Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors NBA Prediction:
The Raptors could be a little bit spent but their depth and the best fans in the NBA are going to enable them to gut out a win in the opening game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Raptors -4.5
It will be close throughout and they will make the plays to win and cover.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 97 – Miami 90
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