Miami To Remain Hot While Taking Care Of The Raptors

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Saturday, March 11, 2017 9:27 PM GMT

The Heat has been one of the hottest teams (pun not intended) in the NBA over the past couple of months and they look to continue their winning ways as they take on the Toronto Raptors at home. Can Toronto hang within the number?

Toronto Raptors

Toronto is coming into Miami on the second leg of a back to back and have been hot and cold without their star Kevin Lowry.  They made some nice moves at the trade deadline and once they get completely healthy they will be a tough team to beat in the East. However, tonight I think they’ll be stretched a little bit thin to stay within the small number against a Miami team that is rolling right now. Currently Toronto shooting 46.4% from the floor and 36.9% from distance which ranks them 10th and ninth in the NBA respectively as they have focused more on pushing tempo this season than last. They haven’t sacrificed much either on the defensive end as they also rank close to the top 10 in most defensive statistics. They have been decent this season on their back to back’s at home, but on the road they have dropped their last three in this type of scenario losing at Milwaukee, at Boston, and at Memphis. This is a very difficult spot for them I believe to stay within the number.

Miami Heat

Miami remains one of the hottest teams in the NBA and are starting to look more and more like a serious competitor in the Eastern conference. They are a stunning 20-4 since mid-January and coming off some rest they should be able to take care of business at home. They have been getting it done on the defensive end ranking fourth in the NBA in both opponent shooting efficiency and opponent effective field-goal percentage. As well, they are allowing opponents to shoot just 48.6% on their two-point shots which ranks them third, and they defend beyond the arc as good or better than anyone limiting opponents to just eight three-pointers made per game which ranks first in the NBA. Along with their defensive stats they have been decently efficient offensively and are shooting a solid 36.6% from distance. With all the confidence in the world right now they should be able to win this game going away against a Toronto team without their point guard and playing their second game in two nights, expect just that.

NBA Odds

Oddsmakers have made Miami a -5 favorite in this spot and for my NBA pick, I will take them minus the points. This is a good spot to back them against a Toronto team on the second leg of a back to back that is a little bit thin right now.

Free NBA Pick: Heat -5.5

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