Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors - 1/2/20 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Toronto Raptors (23-11) at Miami Heat (24-9)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2020 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -5.5 -- Over/Under: 215 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat meet Thursday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Toronto Raptors need a win after splitting their last six games. The Toronto Raptors are averaging 111.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Pascal Siakam is averaging 25.1 points and eight rebounds while Kyle Lowry is averaging 20.9 points and 7.5 assists. Fred VanVleet is the third double-digit scorer and Norman Powell is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Toronto Raptors are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. The Toronto Raptors are allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Toronto Raptors have won three of their last four road games.
The Miami Heat look for a win after winning nine of their last 12 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 112.4 points on 47 percent shooting and allowing 108.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 20.8 points and 6.6 rebounds while Kendrick Nunn is averaging 16 points and 3.5 assists. Goran Dragic is the third double-digit scorer and Bam Adebayo is grabbing 10.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 33.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won their last four home games.
The Raptors are 20-6 ATS in their last 26 games playing on 1 days rest and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Heat are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games, 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 9-4-1 in Raptors last 14 overall. The over is 15-5-1 in Heat last 21 overall. The Raptors are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami and 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings. The over is 7-0 in the last 7 meetings.
The Miami Heat have been the best home team in the league this season where they've lost just once, are winning by an average of 11.9 points and are shooting 49 percent from the field. The Toronto Raptors have been hit or miss since Pascal Siakam has went down with an injury, and they already lost to the Heat at home at full strength last month, getting crushed in overtime. I'm not stepping in front of this Heat team, especially with how dominant they've been at home.