Game Preview: Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors, 7 p.m.

Nov 27, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) reacts in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Thanksgiving is over, and basketball resumes for the Heat, as they head north of the border to take on the Toronto Raptors (6-8) at 7 p.m.

At 6-8, the Raptors lead the Atlantic division, which is more bad than good. On the court, they are led by Demar DeRozan (21.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg), Rudy Gay (19.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.1 apg) and Kyle Lowry (13.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 6.4 apg). The Raptors are a below average team at best, ranking 19th or lower in PPG, FG%, 3PTFG%, rebounds, assists, and opposing FG%. They are, however, 7th in Opposing PPG (96.7)

The Heat go into Toronto rolling, having won 8 in a row, and 11 of 12. Their last game came Wednesday Night, with a 95-84 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James has been his usual efficient self during the win streak, averaging 27.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, and 5.5 apg, while shooting 61.4% from the field, 47.8% from 3, and even 84.4% from the Free-Throw line. Dwayne Wade has also been impressive in his 3 games since returning to the lineup. He’s averaging 23.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, and 6.3 apg. More importantly, he’s looked healthy and showing explosion we haven’t seen in a long while..

As a team, the Heat are still the best offense in the league, 1st in FG% (51.5), 2nd in 3PTFG% (41.7), and 3rd in PPG (105.9). Their defense has begun to round into shape as well, as they are now 10th in Opposing FG% and 6th in Opposing PPG (96.1).

Prediction: The Heat finally have a game where they get out to a fast start, and their efficiency will be too much for the Raptors to overcome. Heat win 100-92.

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Topics: Miami Heat, NBA

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