Heat vs Raptors Prediction - NBA Picks 12/6/23

Toronto Raptors (9-11) vs Miami Heat (11-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Scotiabank Arena)

Betting Odds: Toronto Raptors -2.5 -- Over/Under: 213 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Miami Heat travel to the Scotiabank Arena to take on the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night. Here's a Heat vs Raptors prediction.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have been in a rut as they've lost four of their last five games and they will be hoping for a better performance after getting thrashed by the Pacers in a 144-129 loss on Saturday. Jimmy Butler led the team with 33 points and five assists, Caleb Martin added 18 points off the bench, Duncan Robinson added 17 points while Orlando Robinson chipped in with 16 points. As a team, the Heat shot 53 percent from the field and 12 of 25 from the 3-point line which are solid numbers, but they had one of their worst games on defense, allowing the Pacers to run riot and shoot over 65 percent from the field for the game. Kyle Lowry had a quiet game of just four points on zero of four shooting. The Heat are 7th in the Eastern Conference with an 11-9 record, the same as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Miami Heat Player Facts

  • Duncan Robinson ranks T13th amongst qualified players for three-pointers made Per Game (3.1) this season.
  • Jimmy Butler ranks 7th in the Eastern Conference amongst qualified players for FT% (88.9%) this season.

Toronto Raptors

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors have been in a rut of their own as they've lost three of their past four games and they will be hoping to bounce back after getting routed by the Knicks in a 119-106 loss on Friday. Scottie Barnes led the team with 29 points, nine rebounds, four assists and five steals, Pascal Siakam added 21 points while Jakob Poeltl chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds. As a team, the Raptors shot 44 percent from the field and just six of 32 from the 3-point line as they went on a run to erase an early 10-point deficit, only to get blown out by 33-20 in the third quarter to allow the Knicks to run away with it in the end. The Raptors are 9-11 and 11th in the East, one place below a play-in spot and the Atlanta Hawks.

Toronto Raptors Player Facts

  • Jakob Poeltl ranks 1st amongst qualified players for FG% (72.9%) this season.
  • Dennis Schroder ranks 10th amongst qualified players for assists per game (7.0) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Raptors rank 29th in the league for free throw percentage this season (72.8%).
  • The Raptors rank 28th in the league for three-point percentage this season (33.7%).
  • The Heat rank 29th in the league for blocks per game this season (3.2).
  • The Heat rank 3rd in the league for opponent offensive rebounds per game this season (9.3).

Heat vs Raptors prediction

The Heat are still shorthanded with Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro both out, while the Raptors are still without Christian Koloko. The injury to Adebayo has really hurt the Heat who have lost four of their last five games, but the Raptors are in a rut of their own which is why the line is so short here. It's hard to back either team with too much confidence, but with the Heat undersized in this matchup, I think the Raptors take advantage and get the much-needed win at home.

Peter’s Pick Toronto -2.5

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