Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat - 11/4/16 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Heat (2-2) at Toronto Raptors (3-1)
NBA Basketball: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)
The Line: Toronto Raptors -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors clash Friday night in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.
The Miami Heat look for their second road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 98.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 20 points and seven assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 19.8 points and 13.8 rebounds. Tyler Johnson is the third double-digit scorer and Justise Winslow is dishing 4.5 assists. The Miami Heat are shooting 38.4 percent from beyond the arc and 68.1 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost five of their last eight road games.
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The Toronto Raptors look to keep the ball rolling and build on their solid 3-1 start to the season. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 104.5 points on 46.9 percent shooting and allowing 97.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 36.3 points and 5.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 18.5 points and 5.3 assists. Jonas Valanciunas is the third double-digit scorer and DeMarre Carroll is grabbing four rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 28 percent from beyond the arc and 79.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 44 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won six of their last seven home games.
The Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games playing on 2 days rest and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Raptors are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win. The Heat are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Toronto and the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
The Miami Heat have been better than expected, as they also had fourth quarter leads in both of their losses to the Hornets and Spurs. The Raptors are one of the tougher teams in the NBA to compete with at home, but this is a lot of points to give a Miami Heat team that's better than most give credit and should be compeiting for a last second playoff spot. I think this game could be close, so I'm taking a shot with the points.