Heat vs. Raptors Game 1 Pick
After each going through a 7-game series, the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat open up their conference semifinal series tonight at 8PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Toronto is favored at home tonight, as the Raptors are getting odds of -4.5 points against the Heat. The over/under total for the game has been set at 191 points.
Toronto is 60-29 on the season, 35-10 at home and 47-42 against the spread. Miami is 52-37 overall, 21-23 on the road and 47-41-1 against the spread. The Raptors topped the Pacers in seven games to reach this round while the Heat topped the Hornets in seven games.
These two met four times during the season and Toronto got the win and covered the spread in three of the four meetings. The Raptors may have had the edge during the season, but Miami has a clear experience edge at this point in the playoffs. Toronto finally got past the first round, but the intensity picks up with each round. That is something Miami knows plenty about. Look for the Heat to come out with the right mindset and catch Toronto off guard tonight.
NBA PLAYOFFS FREE PICK: MIAMI HEAT +4.5