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(2-1) Toronto Raptors vs. (1-2) Miami Heat
Round 2: Game 4
Date: Monday May 9
Time: 8:00PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat -250, Raptors +190
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -5.5
NBA Betting Total: 189.5
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The Raptors took game three of the series but it came at a price as they have lost their best big man for the rest of the series.
The upside is that they may have found their heart with Kyle Lowry coming off his best game in these playoffs.
Miami might be without their own big in Hassan Whiteside and has to feel a little desperate down 2 games to 1.
Toronto regained control of the series with a game three win on the road but Jonas Valanciunas is out for the rest of the series. If you are saying Jonas who than you haven’t been paying attention.
They really don’t have anyone on the roster they can turn to for what he was giving them either.
Kyle Lowry did respond by having his best game of the playoffs. He led the team with 33 points and with each shot that fell you could see his confidence rising. If he is really back they can ride out the loss of JV.
DeMar DeRozan has also struggled with his shot throughout these playoffs. In game three he took a bit of a back seat but did chip in 5 assists and 6 rebounds. He will have to score more with no inside presence.
I assume that without Valanciunas Bismack Biyombo will start at center. There will be no dropoff on defense but he is not nearly as polished offensively.
The Raptors are up in the series but missing a key cog. The good thing is they played without Valanciunas for a stretch during the season and did alright without him.
Game three was another very tight game. It did not go to overtime like the first two and definitely did not work out the way Miami would have hoped in their return to South Beach.
Miami also lost their big man, Whiteside, during the contest but they have not been getting a ton out of him to frank.
They are getting a ton out of Dwyane Wade, who led all scorers with 38 points in game three. He was efficient too and led the team in rebounds. He played like a true Hall of Famer but it wasn’t enough. I am not sure he can keep it up either.
The best bet for who can step up is Goran Dragic. At times he looks like the best player on the floor and then they totally forget about him. It’s weird.
If not Dragic than Joe Johnson is the next likely source of points but he was a no show in game three also.
Miami is the more experienced team but they have to be feeling desperate right now. They are depending too much on Wade to bail them out.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 7-0 in Raptors last 7 road games.
- Under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
- Under is 5-0 in Raptors last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Under is 4-0 in Heat last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Under is 7-1 in Heat last 8 games playing on 1 days rest.
- Under is 7-1 in Heat last 8 overall.
Free Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Toronto has been a really good road team this season, especially in games against the Eastern Conference. Even though they are down an important piece I think they can rally to get another road victory. Covering in the process.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Toronto +5.5
I love their depth to be a factor in this one.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Toronto 98 – Miami 991
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