Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat Prediction, 2/24/2021 NBA Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat
Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Location: AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, FL
TV: Fox Sports Sun
Odds/Point Spread: Toronto (+1.5)
The Toronto Raptors (16-15) head to AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday where they'll take on the Miami Heat (14-17). Toronto opens this game as 1.5-point dogs. The over/under has been set at 218.
The Toronto Raptors faced off with the Philadelphia 76ers and walked away with a win by a score of 110-103 in their last contest. Toronto wrapped up the contest with a 49.4% field goal percentage (40 out of 81) and made 14 out of their 34 3-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Raptors converted 16 of their 18 shots for a percentage of 88.9%. With regard to pulling down rebounds, they compiled 39 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 25 assists in this matchup while earning 5 steals and 5 blocks. When discussing the defense, Toronto let their opponent shoot 38.8% from the floor on 33 of 85 shooting. Philadelphia distributed 26 assists and had 8 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the 76ers snagged 45 rebounds (11 offensive, 34 defensive) and added 7 blocked shots. Philadelphia shot 74.3% at the charity stripe by burying 26 of 35 attempts. They also converted 11 of their 37 shots from distance.
Pascal Siakam is a guy who was a contributor in this game. He left the arena with 23 points on 8 out of 18 shooting. He played 40:34 mins and collected 7 rebounds. Siakam finished the game shooting 44.4% from the field and also earned 8 dimes. One more player that was a major factor in this game for the Raptors was Fred VanVleet. He collected 5 rebounds and also totaled 9 dimes. He finished 46.7% from the floor for the matchup by hitting 7-of-15 (23 points). When this game wrapped up, VanVleet was on the hardwood for 37:58 min.
Toronto enters this matchup with a mark of 16-15 for the season. The Raptors are connecting on 38.3% on three-point attempts (477 of 1,245) and 82.7% from the free throw line. They are averaging 113.1 points per contest (16th in the league) while connecting on 45.1% from the floor. They turn it over 13.8 times per game and as a unit are committing 22.0 fouls every game. As a unit, Toronto is pulling down 42.1 rebounds per game and has 766 dimes this season, which ranks 14th in the league in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Raptors are forcing 16.6 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.9 personal fouls. The Raptors defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 45.3% (515 of 618) and they relinquish 44.9 rebounds per game as a team. They are currently ranked 28th in the league in allowing assists to the opposition with 819 relinquished on the campaign. They are conceding 36.8% on 3-pointers and they are 8th in the league in PPG allowed (110.3).
The last time they took the court, the Miami Heat took home the win by a final score of 108-94 when they faced the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Heat were able to corral 35 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive boards totaling 45 for the game. They also blocked 6 tries while earning 7 steals in this game. The Thunder were called for 24 fouls in this game which took the Heat to the charity stripe for 25 tries. They were able to convert 21 of the free throws for a clip of 84.0%. In terms of shots from beyond the perimeter, Miami converted 15 of 40 tries (37.5%). When the final whistle blew, the Heat walked away from this one shooting 36 out of 81 from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.4%. The Heat permitted the Thunder to convert 32 of their 74 attempts from the floor which had them at 43.2% in this matchup. They wrapped up this game 35.9% from beyond the perimeter by hitting 14 out of 39 and finished the contest at 16 of 19 from the charity stripe (84.2%). When it comes to how they rebounded, Miami permitted Oklahoma City to get 38 in all (5 on the offensive glass).
Duncan Robinson ended up being a major contributor for the Heat for this contest. He made 8 of 15 in the matchup giving him a rate of 53.3%, which earned him 22 points. Robinson pulled down 7 boards in his 36:55 mins of time on the hardwood and tallied 2 dimes in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Miami was Kendrick Nunn. He ended up scoring 20 points in his 41:00 minutes on the hardwood by going 7 of 18 from the floor for the contest. Nunn ended the game having shot 38.9% from the field while also collecting 9 assists and 5 rebounds.
Miami has a record of 14-17 on the season. The Heat are committing 19.7 fouls per game and they shoot 78.7% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 26.0 times per contest (10th in basketball) and they turn it over 16.3 times per game. Miami has accounted for 3,313 points on the campaign (106.9 per game) and they grab 42.6 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Heat are hitting on 46.3% from the floor, which is ranked 15th in basketball. The Heat are ranked 6th in the NBA in PPG given up with 109.4. The Miami defense allows 36.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (467 of 1,270) and their opponents are converting on 77.8% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have given up 25.3 assists and 43.9 rebounds per game, which is ranked 22nd and 15th in basketball. They are able to force 15.2 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 44.8% from the floor (4th in the NBA).
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Miami (-1.5) and over 218 points
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