Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat
|Date & Time||Sunday March 10, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
American Airlines Arena
The Line :Miami +1
The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat duke it out at the American Airlines Arena on Sunday night.
The Toronto Raptors have been in nice form as they’ve won 10 of their last 13 games and they will be feeling good after snapping a two-game skid with a 127-104 road win at New Orleans on Friday. Kawhi Leonard led the team with 31 points on 14 of 20 shooting in just 27 minutes of action, Pascal Siakam added 19 points with four assists while Kyle Lowry racked up a triple-double of 13 points with 11 rebounds and 12 assists. As a team, the Raptors shot 53 percent from the field and 13 of 37 from the 3-point line as they poured on 35 points in the second quarter to take a narrow lead before pulling away in the second half where they outscored the Pelicans by 63-43 in a blowout. With the easy win, Toronto improved to 47-19 overall and 20-12 on the road.
Meanwhile, the Miami Heat have been in fine form themselves as they’ve won five of their last six games and they will looking to build on their current four-game win streak after beating the Cavaliers by 126-110 at home on Friday. Josh Richardson led the team with 20 points and five assists, Bam Adebayo added 17 points while Justise Winslow chipped in with 16 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. As a team, the Heat shot a sizzling 57 percent from the field and 12 of 25 from the 3-point line and it was a real balanced scoring effort as they had eight players finish in double figures. With the easy win, Miami improved to 31-34 on the season and 15-18 at home which is currently good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Looking at the betting trends, the Raptors are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a losing record and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Heat are 6-2 ATS in their last eight Sunday games, 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
Head to head, the road team is 5-2 ATS in the last seven meetings, the Raptors are 1-5 ATS in the last six meetings in Miami and the Raptors are 0-6 ATS in the last six meetings overall.
The Raptors have continued to pile on the wins as they surge towards the playoffs and they looked to be firing on all cylinders in their blowout win over the Pelicans on Friday. The Heat were in danger of slipping out of the playoff picture, but they’ve rallied together at the right time and look to be back on track with four straight wins. The Raptors currently lead the season series by 2-0 so they will be aiming for the series win here, but this game clearly doesn't mean too much to them as they Leonard has already been ruled out for rest purposes. With that being said, I think the Heat can pull off the upset in what should be a statement win.