Free NBA Pick: Raptors vs Heat NBA Odds
Looking for Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat free NBA picks & NBA odds? NBA betting sees the Raptors taking on the Heat on Monday March 11, 2017 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all NBA basketball matchups so stay tuned for more FREE daily NBA hoops predictions.
Date: Saturday March 11
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Off
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -5
NBA Betting Total: 203
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Toronto definitely improved their team with acquisitions before the trade deadline. They have been playing pretty well but have been figuring out roles while without the services of All-Star Kyle Lowry.
Miami has definitely been streaky this season. They are on a small run right now, but have proven all season long they can get their momentum going in the right direction. They get the Raptors on a back to back.
The Raptors are a good team. Their ultimate goal is to get as far as they did a year ago and hopefully even further. To get there, they are tinkering every night to see what combinations work.
If you watch the Raptors since they acquired Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker you will have seen a greater attention on the defensive side of things. Those guys are not only good individual defenders but they help keep others in line too.
I know there are a lot of great candidates out there but DeMar Derozan is having an MVP type season. He keeps getting better and has elevated his game since Lowry went down. There is nothing wrong with taking mid range jumpers, if you make them
In the game against New Orleans Jonas Valanciunas was a big factor as the Raptors tried to neutralize the Pelicans bigs. He can be so again against Hassan Whiteside. JV takes a lot of heat but he is a skilled player.
Even though they are part figuring things out the Raptors have a lot to play for. Catching Boston is a possibility and more importantly getting ahead of Washington for the third spot in the conference would mean they avoid Cleveland as long as possible.
Miami is one of the more intriguing teams in the league. While others are looking to score like the Warriors they are having some success thanks to an athletic defensive approach.
What is the true potential of this team?
Even though Goran Dragic is not an elite defender he is key to the Heat’s success. He leads the team in scoring at 20ppg and is one of the few on the team gifted enough to create for himself and others.
Hassan Whiteside is one of the most productive players in the league averaging 16ppg and 14rpg. He and JV had some nice battles in the playoffs last year. Their styles are very different so it is enjoyable to watch them go at it.
It seems like Dion Waiters has finally found a home in the NBA. As an offense first guy on a team with defensive purpose he is sort of a nice fit. He has scored 29 and 24 points in the last two games and will push Derozan to play some defense.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 6-1 in Raptors last 7 games playing on 0 days rest.
- Under is 10-2 in Raptors last 12 road games.
- Under is 4-1 in Raptors last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Heat are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.
- Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Over is 6-1 in Heat last 7 home games.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Toronto won the only matchup thus far between the two teams but that was back in November, and at home. A lot has changed for both of these teams since then.
Toronto is in Atlanta the night before so this game will test their depth a little bit.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto +5 & Strong Lean Under
The numbers might tell the whole story. Toronto is 0-4 on Road to Road back to backs this season, 1-3 ATS. I am going against the grain here.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 99 – Miami 91
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