Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat - 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 -4.5 -- Over/Under: 188.5 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors collide in Game 2 at the Air Canada Center on Thursday.
The Heat were able to strike first blood in a thrilling 102-96 overtime win at Toronto in Game 1 on Tuesday. Goran Dragic led the scoring with 26 points on 10 of 24 shooting, Dwayne Wade added 24 points while Joe Johnson had 16 points as the Heat survived the streaky Raptors in one of the best games of the playoffs so far. The Heat will be delighted with the win but it certainly wasn't smooth sailing by any means as the Heat needed to regroup in the overtime period after the Raptors' Kyle Lowry drained a buzzer beater from halfcourt to level the score and send the game into overtime. Overall, it was a solid win for the Heat who now have home-court advantage and a crucial 1-0 lead in the series.
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Meanwhile, the Raptors will have mixed emotions after their disappointing loss in Game 1 on Tuesday. Jonas Valanciunas had a fantastic game in the paint and finished with team-highs of 24 points and 14 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 22 points while Terrence Ross had 19 off the bench but it wasn't enough as the Raptors lost Game 1 of a series for the second time in these playoffs. Kyle Lowry missed his first five shots of the game to finish with just seven points on three of 13 shooting while Normal Powell was inserted into the starting lineup in an attempt to bolster the scoring but the plan ultimately proved unsuccessful as he finished with just two points on one of five shooting.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 25-10-1 ATS in their last 36 Conference Semifinals games and 3-8 ATS in their last 1 road games, while the Raptors are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Heat are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Toronto but just 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall.
The Raptors will obviously be disappointed about losing Game 1 on Tuesday, but to their credit, they did a great job of forcing overtime from a seemingly impossible position so they'll take plenty of confdence from that. With that being said, the Raptors really can't expect to lose a second straight game at home and have much of a chance in this series so I'm backing them to come out firing and come out with a narrow win to level the series.