Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors - 4/11/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Toronto Raptors (47-32) at Miami Heat (35-44)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat duke it out at the AmericanAirlines Arena tonight.
The Toronto Raptors have won five of their last seven and will be going for a third straight win overall after sneaking past the Magic by 101-99 on Friday. DeMar DeRozan led the team with 29 points, Tyler Hansbrough added 16 points while Kyle Lowry returned to the court to added 10 points, but with the game on the line, the ball actually swung to Louis Williams who connected on the game-winning three with 9.9 seconds left in the game. With the win, Toronto improved to 47-32 on the season which has them in third place in the Eastern Conference, just above fourth-placed Chicago.
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Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have lost five of their last six games and are coming off a disappointing 89-78 loss to the Bulls. Hassan Whiteside led the way with 19 points and 16 rebounds while Goran Dragic added 15 points, but Dwyane Wade scored just nine points on four of 20 shooting as the Heat squandered a 51-32 halftime lead, collapsing in the second half for a total of just 27 points. The Heat were actually so dominant in the first that I actually moved onto watch another game, but as it turned out, the Heat fell to pieces and missed a crucial opportunity to inch closer to that eighth seed. As it stands, the Heat are now 35-44 on the season which puts them two games out of the last spot in the East with just three games left to play.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last five against the Eastern Conference and 1-5 ATS in their last six games playing on zero days rest, while the Heat are 0-6 ATS in their last six games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Raptors are 2-6 ATS in the last eight meetings overall and the road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
I really don't want to take the Heat after the way they fell to pieces in their last game, but this really is the season for them so I'm expecting them to play with the right intensity and at least keep their season alive for a little while longer.