I was correct on my last Raptors free betting tip as the Spurs (-7) prevailed at home 117-107 versus the Raptors on Tuesday night. I am now 23-27 in Raptors free betting tips. Tonight the 38-26 Toronto Raptors host the 29-35 Miami Heat.
(29-35) Miami Heat @ (38-26) Toronto Raptors
Probable starting line-ups:
Miami – PG – Goran Dragic SG – Dwyane Wade C – Hassan Whiteside SF – Luol Deng PF – Udonis Haslem
Toronto – PG – Kyle Lowry SG – DeMar DeRozan C – Jonas Valanciunas SF – Terrence Ross PF – Amir Johnson
Miami – PPG – Dwyane Wade 21.3 RPG – Hassan Whiteside 9.8 APG – Dwyane Wade 5.3
Toronto – PPG – DeMar DeRozan 18.9 RPG – Jonas Valanciunas 8.6 APG – Kyle Lowry 6.9
Team Scoring: (with league ranking in parentheses)
Miami – PF – 94.5 (28th) PA – 97.0 (6th)
Toronto – PF – 104.5 (4th) PA – 101.3 (23rd)
The Miami Heat have won 4 of their last games. On Wednesday they secured a 104-98 victory at home versus the Brooklyn Nets. Shooting guard Dwyane Wade led the way with 28 points on 10 of 25 shooting in 34 minutes. He was 8 of 11 from the free throw line. He also had 9 assists. Power forward Chris Andersen had a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. He was 8 of 9 from the field. Point guard Goran Gragic netted 17 points on 5 of 9 shooting in 35 minutes. Small forward Luol Deng contributed with 10 points on 3 of 9 shooting in 37 minutes. The team shot 45.7% from the field, 28.6% from the 3 point line (6-21), and 63.2% from the free throw line (24-38). The Heat were out-rebounded 44-39. They opened the game with a big 1st quarter as they outscored the Nets 34-23. Miami is 15-17 on the road this season. After tonight they go home for a 3 game home stand. Their next game is Monday at home versus the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Toronto Raptors have lost 4 in a row and 9 of their last 10 games. On Tuesday they were defeated 117-107 at San Antonio. Point guard Kyle Lowry led the team in scoring with 32 points on 10 of 19 shooting in 43 minutes. He was 5 of 9 from the 3 point line and 7 of 7 from the free throw line. He also had 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan had 21 points on 8 of 18 shooting in 39 minutes. He was 5 of 7 from the foul line. Power forward Amir Johnson notched a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He was 8 of 14 from the field in 33 minutes. Backup shooting guard Louis Williams contributed with 11 points on 5 of 10 shooting in 23 minutes off the bench. The team shot 44.3% from the field, 30.8% from the 3 point line (8-26), and 72.2% from the free throw line (13-18). The Raptors narrowly out-rebounded the Spurs 46-45. The team trailed by 20 points at the half. Toronto is 21-11 at home this season. Including tonight they play 7 of their next 10 games at home. Their next game is Sunday at home versus Portland.
In their first meeting this season Miami held on for a 107-102 victory at home versus Toronto. After tonight the Heat and Raptors play 1 more time this season, April 11th at Miami.
The Heat are sitting in the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs race, 1 game behind the 7th seeded Pacers and a half game ahead of the Hornets. Meanwhile the Raptors recent downfall has dropped them to the 4th spot in the East. I’ll be interested to see how the Raptors defend Whiteside. I’m going with the Raptors just because they are at home. Take the Raptors -5 (1.90) (Bet365)
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