Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors: Odds, keys, predictions, and more

O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors defends Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat.(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
O.G. Anunoby #3 of the Toronto Raptors defends Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat.(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are hitting the road, coming off a, 113-112, thriller of a win against the Phoenix Suns, as they head over the border to take on the Toronto Raptors. The Heat are looking to play spoilers this game, as they look to end the Raptors’ home-winning streak.

Here are a few things to watch for.

Players To Watch

  • Bam Adebayo Bam Adebayo, who put up 30 points and 10 rebounds against the Suns, will look to carry his performance over to this game against the Raptors. Adebayo will need to continue controlling the boards on both ends of the court, attacking the basket for the easy slams and put-backs, and making sure no easy baskets go in on the defensive end.
  • Jimmy ButlerJimmy Butler, who had a 16-point and 13-rebound performance against the Suns, had an impressive defensive game as well that included a block on Devin Booker in the final seconds to seal the win for Miami. He will need to continue to bring out his style of play when going up against the Raptors. Butler will need to come out firing on all cylinders, playing tough defense, and making sure to get everyone involved on the offensive end to help the Heat pick up the win.

The Miami Heat will hit the road with their newly regained .500 record. Hopefully, they can return to their home floor several games above it.

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Keys To The Game

  1. Limit Turnovers– The Miami Heat had a total of 15 turnovers against the Phoenix Suns, which resulted in 22 points off turnovers for the Suns. The Heat will need to not force the ball in tough situations to not allow for easy steals and transition buckets.
  2. Find A Rhythm– The Miami Heat seemed to have trouble finding the basket on multiple possessions last game against the Suns. The Heat will need to find a way to come out firing, looking to find an easy basket from behind the arc or in the paint, while also helping to create opportunities for each other that will result in easy baskets.
  3. Play Until The End– Miami will need to play a complete game, where they can knock down shots from anywhere on the court, play tough defense, and closing. That means closing sequences, plays, quarters, halves, and the game so that Toronto doesn’t have life—because you hate to give this particular team any. They’ll take that and beat you.

Miami Heat Vs Toronto Raptors Odds And Prediction

Moneyline: MIA +100  TOR -120

Spread: MIA +1.5

Total: 215.5

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Miami is coming off a big win against one of the toughest teams in the NBA in the Suns and will look to keep momentum on their side as they hit the road for a four-game road stretch. The Heat will head to Toronto and in a close matchup, will walk out with a, 111-105, win over the Raptors.

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