Heat at Raptors Game 2 - 5/5/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (53-37) at Toronto Raptors (60-30)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4 -- Over/Under: 189.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors meet Thursday night for game three at the Air Canada Centre.
The Miami Heat hope to take a commanding 2-0 series lead by stealing another road game. The Miami Heat are averaging 99.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 91 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 19.6 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 12.6 points and 12.1 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing four assists and Luol Deng is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 42.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.7 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Toronto Raptors need a victory here if they have any real chance of winning this series. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 92.8 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 94.8 points on 44.2 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.4 points and 3.9 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 13 points and 7.4 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 12.1 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.4 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 27.8 percent from beyond the arc and 76.1 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 40.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 11 of their last 15 home games.
The Heat are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games playing on 1 days rest and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Raptors are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Toronto and 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - The Raptors aren't built for playoff success. Toronto continues to look lost on the offensive end, is giving up threes at a high percentage and continues to get nothing out of Lowry. The Heat will continue to eat the Raptors up with those three things happening.
I'll take the points again but the Heat should win this game as well. Toronto just isn't good.