Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat - 1/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat - 1/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat (22-17) at Toronto Raptors (28-10)

NBA Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Air Canada Centre)

The Line: Toronto Raptors -6.5 -- Over/Under: 208 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors meet Tuesday in NBA action at the Air Canada Centre.

The Miami Heat look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Miami Heat are averaging 100.9 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 102.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 16.7 points and 4.8 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14 points and 11.5 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.2 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won five of their last six road games.

The Toronto Raptors look for another victory to build on their five-game winning streak. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 112.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 104 points on 45.4 percent shooting. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 25 points and 4.3 rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists. Serge Ibaka is the third double-digit scorer and Jonas Valanciunas is grabbing 7.7 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.6 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors haven’t lost a home game since November 5.

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The Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 vs. Eastern Conference. The Raptors are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Eastern Conference, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games playing on 0 days rest. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings, the favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

This is a lot of points to give a Miami Heat squad that's rested, playing well and is catching the Toronto Raptors on the end of a back to back that included overtime in Brooklyn. There's also a good chance Lowry won't play in this game after having to be carried off the court with a possible back injury. The Raptors have been covering machines recently, but based on what happened Monday and with likely no Lowry, the value is with the Heat and the points.

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Randy’s Pick Miami Heat +6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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