Heat vs. Raptors Prediction
Can the Miami Heat improve their playoff chances and pick up a big win on the road when they face the Toronto Raptors today at Noon ET?
561 Miami Heat vs. 562 Toronto Raptors
Sunday, April 7, 2019
Noon ET – Scotiabank Arena
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Raptors are the favorite in this game, as they are getting odds of -6 points against the Heat. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 215 points. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NBA Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Heat falling back
Miami is coming off a 111-109 loss at Minnesota on Friday for a third consecutive loss. The Heat have also failed to cover the spread in their last two games. The Heat are now 38-41 overall, 20-19 on the road, 42-36-1 against the spread and 40-39 with the over. Miami is currently ninth in the East, 1 game out of eighth.
The Heat are one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, allowing just 105.8 points per game while opponents shoot 44.3 percent against them. Offensively, Miami is putting up 105.6 points per game while shooting 45.1 percent as a team. Josh Richardson is leading the team with 16.6 points and 4.1 assists per game, but he is out tonight due to a hip injury. Dwyane Wade is averaging 14.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
Raptors locked in at 2
The Toronto Raptors are coming off a 113-111 loss at Charlotte on Friday and they now find themselves locked into the No. 2 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs. Toronto is now 56-24 on the season, 31-9 at home, 36-44 against the spread and 43-34-3 with the over.
Toronto is putting up 114.3 points per game on offense this season while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. Defensively, the Raptors are giving up 108.4 points per game while opponents shoot 45 percent against them. Kawhi Leonard is leading the team with 26.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while Pascal Siakam is adding 16.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per contest.
NBA Betting Trends
The Heat are 23-9 against the spread in their last 32 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last eight games following a loss.
The Raptors are just 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last five Sunday games.
Toronto certainly is the better team, but the Raptors have nothing to play for today and they should be smart with their starters. Miami is getting to must-win territory right now. The Heat can’t really afford another loss right now if they hope to make it to the Eastern Conference playoffs. I would expect this to be a close game, if Miami doesn’t outright pull off the upset.
NBA Prediction: Miami Heat +6