The defending champion Toronto Raptors and upstart Miami Heat will both be looking to build on their impressive victories the last time out when they square off in their NBA restart matchup on Monday afternoon. With both teams looking to make deep playoff runs this coming postseason, let’s find out which team if offering the best betting value in this highly intriguing matchup on Monday, so you can make your bets against their NBA odds.
NBA Betting Predictions – Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat Odds & Pick
Why Bet On Toronto
The Raptors are looking great after subduing the Lakers 107-92 on Saturday as veteran point guard Kyle Lowry scored a game-high 33 points while hauling down an amazing 14 rebounds and dishing out six assists. O.G. Anunoby added 23 points and two other players reached double figures in scoring. Despite being the defending champs, Toronto has been overlooked all season long, mostly because they lost the services of superstar Kawhi Leonard following last season’s run to the title. Still, the Raptors are dangerous as they lead the league in fewest points allowed (06.3 ppg) while ranking a solid 11th in scoring (112.9 ppg).
“I don’t think anybody’s going to pay too much attention to us,” Toronto head coach Nick Nurse said. “But that’s OK. We know we’re tough to beat, and I don’t think we’ve reached our ceiling yet.”
Toronto is also second in the NBA in steals and second in fewest points allowed in the paint. The Raptors are led in scoring by all-star forward Pascal Siakam (3.5 ppg), who was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season. Lowry leads the team in assists (7.6) and is second in scoring (20.0). The Raptors also have one of the game’s best clutch performers in point guard Fred VanVleet (17.5 points, team-high 1.9 steals) while the still-blossoming Anunoby contributes 10.9 points per contest.
Why Bet On Miami
Miami is also looking good coming into this affair after thrashing the Nuggets, 125-105 on Saturday as all-star swingman Jimmy Butler and blossoming big man Bam Adebayo both scored a team-high 22 points while backup center Kelly Olynyk added 20 points off the bench while going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. The Heat shut down the Nuggets in the second half by outscoring their opponents 69-48 after the break.
“We’re locked in defensively,” Adebayo said. “We played a lot harder in the second half.”
Miami ranks 11th in points allowed (108.9 ppg) while also ranking second in the NBA in fewest points allowed on fast breaks and tied for second in defensive rebound percentage. The Heat rank a modest 15t in scoring (112.3 ppg), but lead the league in three-point field goal shooting percentage (38.4 %). Butler averages a team-high 20.3 points per game while Adebayo puts up 16.3 points per contest while leading the Heat in rebounds (10.5) and blocks (1.3).Veteran point guard Goran Dragic averages 16.0 points er game off the bench while young floor leader Kendrick Nunn puts up 15.6 points per game.
- When: Monday, August 3, 2020 at 1:30 PM ET
- Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, FL
- Raptors Vs Heat Live: ESPN
- NBA Odds: Toronto -2.5
Expert Analysis and Prediction
While I was impressed with Miami’s convincing win over Denver this weekend, I was more impressed with the way Toronto man-handled LeBron and the Lakers with their steady play down the stretch on Saturday. While Miami has won both regular season meetings so far this season, I think that’s added motivation for the raptors to get it done in this affair.
Yes, Toronto has gone an uninspiring 2-8 ATS in their last eight meetings against Miami while going a dismal 1-5 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win, but the Heat are a winless 0-6 ATS in their last six games following an ATS win while going 0-5 ATS in their last five games following an SU win of more than 10 points.
The raptors will play much better defense in this clash than Denver did and I believe Toronto is primed to get their first win over Miami this season while delivering a message should these two meet in the playoffs. Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakim will star in this one, but it is Toronto’s deeper group of reserves that will be the main reason the raptors win and cover the chalk as a 2.5-point favorite.
- Pick: Raptors 101 Heat 95