Toronto Raptors at Miami Heat Free NBA Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 3/29/2014
Monday, March 31, 7:30 PM on SUN
AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida
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Even a two-time defending champion like the Miami Heat know how important it is to finish the regular season on an upswing as they enter the postseason. After a loss in Indiana Wednesday Miami gets a little reprieve with matchups against Detroit and Milwaukee before their matchup with Toronto. The Raptors are also set up nicely for home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs but they want to see how they match up for a potential round 2 series against Miami.
While LeBron James has been his usual stellar self lately Miami has still alternated wins and losses for a little over a week. Miami has been favored in 9 of their last 10 but has only posted a 5-5 SU record. The Heat play 4 lottery teams in their next 5 games so a win against Toronto is key to a possible 5+ game run.
Toronto is a respectable 19-17 away from the Air Canada Centre but that record can improve with a win over Miami, who is 28-6 on their home court. The Raptors have gone just 5-5 in their last 10 including losses as favorites in 3 of their last 4. Toronto has gone a respectable 6-3 ATS in their last 9 and looks to get a pretty good number Monday since it's off a back to back game versus Orlando.
The Raptors lost 102-97 the last time they played in Miami but the five point deficit was enough to cover the +6.5 line. James' 30 points were enough to offset 5 Toronto players in double figures as the final slipped just under the 201 total.
Toronto is 24-12-0 ATS on the road this season
Toronto is 18-18-0 against the over/under on the road this season
Miami is 14-19-1 ATS at home this season
Miami is 19-15-0 against the over/under at home this season
Injuries to Watch
03/10/14 F Patrick Patterson Elbow out indefinitely
03/27/14 G Dwyane Wade Hamstring questionable
03/26/14 G Ray Allen Flu probable
Josh's Pick: Take Miami
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