Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors - 5/13/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (63-31) at Miami Heat (54-40)
NBA Basketball: Friday, May 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 189 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat battle in Game 6 tonight at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Raptors are now just one win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals after beating the Heat by 99-91 in Game 5. DeMar DeRozan has been playing well below his best in these playoffs but he came good for the Raptors on Wednesday. pouring in a game-high 34 points on 11 of 22 shooting. Kyle Lowry added 25 points with 10 rebounds and six assists while Bismack Biyombo took full advantage of the smaller lineup of the Heat and chipped in with 10 points, six rebounds and four blocks for the Raptors who set the tone early, jumping out to a 9-0 lead to get the crowd involved. Jonas Valanciunas wasn't seen wearing his walking boot after Game 5, but his status hasn't changed and he is expected to be out for the rest of the series.
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Meanwhile, the Heat will be disappointed they missed out on a chance to go up 3-2 in the series because they just started the game at a walking pace and it cost them as the Raptors stormed out to a handy lead which had the Heat running uphill for the rest of the game. Dwyane Wade led the scoring with 20 points and didn't have much support outside of Josh Richardson and Goran Dragic who added 13 points each. It seems as though the Heat aren't able to make up for the loss of Hassan Whiteside as they had no one to guard the Raptors' Biyombo who ran rampant early in the game.
In ATS trends, the Raptors are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a win, while the Heat are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall.
This series has gone back and forth from Game 1 and the injuries to both teams doesn't make this game any easier to predict, but the Raptors have now won three of the last four games in the series and look to have a handy advantage in the paint now with Whiteside missing for the Heat. The Raptors may not win this one, but this should be a closely contested low-scoring affair, so the points should be handy.