Toronto Raptors (16-15) at Miami Heat (14-17)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -1.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Heat play host to the Toronto Raptors at the American Airlines Arena on Wednesday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in pretty good shape lately as they’ve won nine of their past 13 games, but they will be hoping to bounce back here after having their four-game win streak halted by the 76ers in a 109-102 home loss last night. Norman Powell led the team with 24 points and six assists, Pascal Siakam added 22 points with seven assists while Fred VanVleet chipped in with 12 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. As a team, the Raptors shot just 43 percent from the field and 11 of 37 from the 3-point line, but they got off to a slow start and were always fighting an uphill battle after allowing the 76ers to jump out to an early 21-point lead.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in great form lately as they’ve won seven of their past 10 games and they will be aiming for a fourth straight victory after blowing past the Thunder in a 108-94 road win on Monday. Duncan Robinson led the team with 22 points and seven rebounds, Kendrick Nunn added 20 points with nine assists, Bam Adebayo scored 19 points with 13 rebounds and five assists while Jimmy Butler chipped in with 15 points and nine assists. As a team, the Heat shot 44 percent from the field and 15 of 40 from the 3-point line as they struggled early on and fell behind by nine points going into halftime, before taking over in the second half where they outscored the Thunder by 63-40 to win easily in the end.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall .The Heat are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 games playing on one days’ rest.
Head to head, the under is 4-0 in the last four meetings and the Raptors are 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
Tyler Herro sat out on Monday with a hip injury and is still listed as questionable for Wednesday. Kyle Lowry sat out last night with an ankle sprain, but he is listed as probable for this one which is a major boost for the Raptors. The Heat are finally building some nice momentum, but they are just 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 home games, so I’m actually leaning towards the Raptors to pull off the minor upset on the road in this one.