Heat at Raptors Game 5 - 5/11/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (54-39) at Toronto Raptors (62-31)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 187 See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors clash Wednesday night for a crucial game five at the Air Canada Centre.
The Miami Heat can take full control of this series by winning another road game and going up 3-2. The Miami Heat are averaging 97.5 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 91.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 22 points and 4.4 assists while Luol Deng is averaging 15.3 points and 6.1 rebounds. Goran Dragic is dishing 3.7 assists and Joe Johnson is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.3 percent from the free throw line. The Heat are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.8 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost six of their last nine road games.
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The Toronto Raptors can retake this series lead with a victory here and take a 3-2 lead. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 92.7 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 94.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 17.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 15 points and 6.9 assists. DeMarre Carroll is grabbing 3.9 rebounds and Cory Joseph is dishing 2.5 assists. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 28.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Raptors are allowing 36.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won 10 of their last 13 home games.
The Heat are 27-11-1 ATS in their last 39 Conference Semifinals games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Raptors are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Heat are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings in Toronto.
I'm still not impressed with what the Raptors have shown us this series, as DeRozan and Lowry continue to come up small time and time again. Also, the Miami Heat outplayed the Raptors both games in Toronto and should have won both if we're being 100 percent honest. There's a chance the Raptors take a advantage of the Heat not having Whiteside and are able to win this game.
However, considering three of the four games have gone into overtime, the points are likely going to come in handy once again.