Raptors vs. Heat - 3/13/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (29-35) at Toronto Raptors (38-26)
NBA Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SUN, Sportsnet One
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors square off Friday night at the Air Canada Centre.
The Miami Heat look to keep rolling after winning four of their last six games. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94.5 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 97 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 21.3 points and 5.3 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 4.9 assists. Luol Deng is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 9.8 rebounds. The Miami Heat continue to play faster offense with the addition of Dragic, and they’ve topped 100 points in five of their last eight games. The Heat have also been a better road team this season, as 15 of their 29 wins have come away from home. The Heat must keep winning to lockup the last playoff spot.
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The Toronto Raptors need a win to snap a four-game losing streak. On the season, the Raptors are averaging 104.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting and are allowing 101.3 points on 46 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 18.9 points and 4.2 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.3 points and 6.9 assists. Louis Williams is dishing 1.9 assists and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 8.6 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 50 percent shooting from the field and 39.1 percent shooting from deep during their losing streak. The Raptors have lost eight of their last 10 when allowing 100 or more points. However, the Raptors do return home where they're 21-11 this season.
The Heat are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 vs. NBA Atlantic and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games playing on 1 days rest. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 home games. The Heat are 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto and 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings overall.
Am I missing something? The Raptors have been one of the worst teams in the league over the last couple of weeks and are quickly becoming frauds in the East. I'll take the Heat to win this one outright given the value.