Heat at Raptors Game 1 - 5/3/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (52-37) at Toronto Raptors (60-29)
NBA Basketball: Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -5 -- Over/Under: 191.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors play game one of their series Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Miami Heat are coming off a seven-game series against the Charlotte Hornets. The Miami Heat are averaging 99.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 90.3 points on 39.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19 points and five assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 13.1 points and 11.4 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 4.3 assists and Luol Deng is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 40.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 31 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.1 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last seven road games.
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The Toronto Raptors are coming off a seven-game series against the Indiana Pacers. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 92.3 points on 39.3 percent shooting and allowing 93.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 17.9 points and 3.6 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 13.9 points and 7.6 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 11.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.4 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 28.2 percent from beyond the arc and 76.3 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44.4 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 11 of their last 14 home games.
The Heat are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 1 days rest and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Raptors are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Conference Semifinals games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Heat are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
Anybody see the way the Raptors played in the first round of the playoffs? The entire team plays scared, and Lowry doesn't play like the Lowry we saw in the regular season. The Heat are as experienced as a team you'll find and will eat Toronto alive if those nerves are still there. I like Miami to win this series, and I'm going to take the points with them any chance I get.