Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat 1/2/2020 Odds Previews and Prediction
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat 1/2/2020 – It’s a battle of Eastern Conference elites as the Toronto Raptors lock horns with the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on Thursday. The opening Las Vegas betting lines favor the Heat at 5.5 points NBA spread to score another win over the Raptors after beating the defending champion, 121-110, in their first meeting this season.
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat 1/2/2020
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat 1/2/2020 Betting Odds
Toronto Raptors Betting
The Raptors got back into the win column after blasting the Cleveland Cavaliers, 117-97. Kyle Lowry led the charge anew with 24 points and 8 assists and Serge Ibaka racked up 20 points and 10 boards. Toronto shot 47 percent from the field and 43 percent from beyond the arc. They also dished out 29 assists against 11 turnovers.
Players to Watch: Kyle Lowry (20.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 7.5 APG)
Fred VanVleet (18.2 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 6.9 APG)
Serge Ibaka (14.1 PPG and 10.1 RPG).
Miami Heat Betting
The Miami Heat’s five-game winning run got snapped in the Nation’s Capital on Monday, absorbing an upset loss against the Washington Wizards, 123-105. Jimmy Butler tallied 27 points, six rebounds, and four assists, Bam Adebayo recorded 14 points and 14 boards, and Duncan Robinson contributed 16 points. However, Miami just converted 10 of their 28 three-point attempts and dished out just 18 assists in an off night for this team.
Players to Watch: Jimmy Butler (20.5 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 6.7 APG)
Kendrick Nunn (16.1 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 3.6 APG)
Goran Dragic (16.0 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 5.1 APG)
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat 1/2/2020 Betting Numbers
Toronto are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.
Miami are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
Marc Gasol C Hamstring is out indefinitely
Justise Winslow PF Back is downgraded to doubtful Thursday vs Toronto
Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat Betting Picks
NBA odds augur well in favor of the Heat to win another game against an elite Eastern Conference opponent. Nobody saw the Heat becoming a top-3 contender in a top-heavy East. The Raptors, of course, still have a lot of firepower on their roster to equalize their regular-season series, but there’s no doubt they will be missing Siakam, Powell and Gasol in this game.
Moneyline: The Heat seems to be the logical pick to win straight up. Aside from they are the healthier squad and a gaudy 18-2 record when entering the game as favorites, their big victory over the Raptors a few weeks ago only showed they know how to beat this team.
ATS: An extra 5.5 spread could be huge for the Raptors as they gun for their 21st ATS win this season. I expect the Raptors to push the Heat down to the final seconds of the game, but fall within five points.
TOTALs: The total opened at 216 points. The Raptors and Heat combined for 231 points in their first matchup this season. The Heat will breach the 100-point mark, that’s for sure. The Raptors, meanwhile, proved as of late that they can still pile up points without the three vital cogs of their offense. I pick OVER.
Score Prediction: 115 – 110 Heat