The second and the seventh best teams of the Eastern Conference are clashing today in this high caliber duel, when the Toronto Raptors (39-16), looking to extend a lengthy winning streak, are hosting the Miami Heat (30-26), who ended a lengthy losing streak of their own and want to continue on the winning ways. Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 02-13-2018, 19:00 EDT
Spread: Toronto Raptors -7.5
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Raptors have a 39-16 record (31-24 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the East. They have won seven of their last eight matches. And in their last game they won on the road against the Hornets with a 123-103 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 23.9 ppg, adding 4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 16.4 ppg, 5.8 rebounds and a team high 6.4 assists per game, while Serge Ibaka adds 12.7 ppg and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Heat have a 30-26 record (26-27-3 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the 7th place of the East. In their last game they snapped a seven-game losing streak by winning at home against the Bucks with a 91-85 score, beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 17.2 ppg, adding a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Hassan Whiteside with 14.2 ppg and a team high 12 rebounds per game, while Jason Richardson adds 13.4 ppg.
In their previous meeting earlier this season, Heat won on the road with an 89-90 score. Raptors are 23-4 at home so far this season, while Heat are 15-14 on the road. Raptors are better offensively, scoring a third-best 111.6 ppg to Heat’s third-worse of 100.3, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 101.1 ppg to Raptors’ 103.3. The Raptors have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 46.95% to Heat’s 45.14%, while Heat have a slightly better 3-point percentage, shooting with 35.71% to Raptors’ 35.61%. Toronto is better in rebounding, grabbing 43.5 to Heat’s 42.7 and in assists made with 23.2 to Heat’s 21.8. Raptors are playing far better than the Heat lately and Vegas odds give them a -7.5 spread which they are expected to beat for the home victory today.
Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -7.5 (-110)
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