In an Eastern Conference matchup, the Miami Heat (-134) travel to Toronto to take on the Raptors (+112). Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 ET at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors have lost four straight, while the Heat have won three in a row.

SN will have the TV coverage for tonight’s game. Miami is currently favored by 2.5 points, and the over/under line is set at 228 points.

MIAMI HEAT VS TORONTO RAPTORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Toronto Raptors +2.5

This game will be played at Scotiabank Arena at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.

WHY BET THE TORONTO RAPTORS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 114-112 in favor of the Raptors.
  • Our projections have Pascal Siakam finishing with Pascal Siakam points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Raptors finishing with a field goal percentage of 45.5% and knocking down 11 threes.

Will Miami Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?

Miami is 19-19 against the spread this season, including an 11-8 ATS record on the road. As the favorite, they are 11-10 ATS.

The Heat have won three straight games and are 24-16 overall, which is good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference. In the Southeast Division, they are in 1st place.

On the road, Miami is 12-9 straight up and 11-8 ATS. Their average scoring differential on the road is +1.3 points per game.

In Miami’s last game, they defeated the Nets by a score of 96-95. The O/U line for that game was 221.5, and Miami was favored by 1 point.

This season, Miami has a 18-22 O/U record, and the under has hit in their last three games. Today’s O/U line is set at 228, and the average O/U line in their games this season is 222.7.

In the Eastern Conference, Miami is 18-10 in conference play and 6-6 against non-conference opponents. As the favorite, they are 18-5 and are favored by 2.5 points today.

So far this season, the Heat have struggled to score on the road, averaging 108.6 points per game away from home. Overall, they are 25th in the NBA in scoring at 111.9 points per game.

Miami has been below the league scoring average in 60% of their games this season. In terms of pace, they are 27th in the NBA at 96.8 possessions per game.

When it comes to three-point shooting, the Heat have been solid, hitting 38% of their attempts from beyond the arc (3rd). However, they are 27th in two-point field goal percentage at 51%.

On defense, the Heat come into the game ranked 2nd in the league in points allowed at 110.6 per game. Over their last three games, the team is allowing 92.7 points per contest (4th). Most recently, the Heat’s defense put together a solid performance, giving up just 95 points to the Nets.

Will the Raptors Defense Show Up at Home?

Toronto has lost four straight games and are 15-25 overall this season. In the Eastern Conference, they are currently in 12th place and 5th in the Atlantic Division.

The Raptors’ ATS record for the season is 20-20, and they have gone 13-12 vs. the spread as underdogs. Today, they are getting 2.5 points and are 7-18 as underdogs.

In their last game vs. the Celtics, the Raptors lost 105-96. The O/U line for that game was 238.5, and they were getting 6.5 points. The teams combined for 201 points.

This season, the average O/U line in Raptors games is 227.1, and their games have averaged 231.8 points. Toronto has an O/U record of 23-16-1.

In games against other Eastern Conference teams, the Raptors are 9-18 compared to 6-7 in non-conference games. Their ATS record at home is 9-10, and they are 6-15 straight-up on the road.

At home, the Raptors are 25th in the NBA in scoring at 112.3 points per game. Overall, they are 17th at 115 points per game. In terms of pace, Toronto is 16th in the league at 99 possessions per game.

When it comes to shooting, the Raptors are 10th in field goal percentage at 48%. However, they are just 23rd in three-point shooting at 35%.

On average, Toronto is making 11.7 three-pointers per game, which is 26th in the NBA. In terms of assists, the Raptors are 3rd at 29.4 per game.

So far, the Raptors’ defense is ranked 18th in the league at 116.8 points per contest. The Raptors defense is coming off a game in which they held the Celtics offense to just 40% shooting. Overall, they gave up 105 points to Boston.