Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/5/14
Toronto Raptors (16-15) at Miami Heat (25-8)
NBA Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -6 -- Over/Under: 199 See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors head to South Beach on Sunday to face off against the Heat.
The Miami Heat are currently 25-8 this season, and currently the Heat have both a top ten offense, and a top ten defense. The Heat are ranked fifth offensively, putting up an average of 104.9 points per game, and defensively the Heat are allowing 98.2 per game. The Miami Heat have won three out of their last four heading into this meeting, with their latest win coming last night against the Magic, in Orlando. The Heat defeated the Magic 110-94, easily taking care of the Magic on their home floor.
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The Toronto Raptors are currently sitting at 16-15 on the year, and the Raptors have won five in a row. The latest win for the Raptors came on Friday, where the Raptors defeated the Wizards in Washington 101-88. The Raptors are traditionally a stronger home team, but this season Toronto has played well on the road, going 10-7 overall away from Toronto this season. Toronto has one of the better defenses in the league, but the offense has struggled at times, and if the Heat turn it up tonight, the Raptors will be forced to pick up the tempo a bit to try and keep up.
The Raptors are 4-0 against the spread in their latest four games following a win, and the Raptors are also 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following an against the spread win. The Raptors are not only getting wins on the road, but Toronto is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight road games.
The Miami Heat are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games when playing on no rest, but in their last five games against the East, the Heat are just 1-4 against the spread. Miami is also 0-5 against the spread in their last five games following a win.
I'm on the over here tonight. Both teams play well defensively and I think thats why the odds makers set this number so low. I look for a higher score game here on Sunday as this number should easily reach the 200's.