Miami Heat (14-5) at Toronto Raptors (15-4)
NBA: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 at 7:30 pm ET (Scotiabank Arena)
Line and Odds: Toronto Raptors -4.5 Over/Under: 213
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The Miami Heat are embarking on a 3-game road trip that will tell us a lot about their potential to contend in the Eastern Conference. The Heat have been very impressive through 19 games of the season, compiling a record of 14-5. They already have a 6 game lead over the Orlando Magic in the Southeast Division. The Heat are the only team in the Southeast Division with a winning record. However, their best work has been done at home in South Beach.
Miami is 8-0 at home, but just 6-5 on the road. In the 3rd game of their season, the Heat beat the Milwaukee Bucks 131-126 in Milwaukee. Since then, the Heat haven't been able to notch a road victory over a team that currently has a winning record. Miami is 1-5 on the road against winning teams and 4-0 on the road against teams with a losing record. In fact, the only other victory they have against a winning team (in any venue) is a 129-100 home win against the Houston Rockets in early November. The road trip consists of road games against the Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors, and Boston Celtics. To their credit, the first leg of the road trip went pretty well for the Heat.
Miami beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-106 on Sunday. The Heat were able to win the game despite a poor shooting night from the field. Miami shot just 38.9% from the field and 32.4% from 3 point range. However, they rebounded well and won the turnover battle. Miami got to the foul line frequently, hitting 23 of their 28 free throw attempts. Goran Dragic led the team with 24 points. Dragic has been ruled out of this game with the Raptors, so these valuable points will not be there tonight. Jimmy Butler scored 20 points, despite going 5/17 from the field. Butler was able to find his scoring production on the free throw line, hitting 9 of his 10 free throw attempts. The Heat should take comfort in the fact they were able to get a close road win in a game where they didn't shoot particularly well.
The Toronto Raptors have, somewhat quietly, picked up right where they left off at the end of last season. The defending NBA champions are 15-4, which is the 3rd best record in the entire league. They are currently 2nd in the Eastern Conference standings, 2 games behind the 18-3 Milwaukee Bucks. Toronto has surpassed the Boston Celtics as the leader of the Atlantic Division in recent days, taking a 1 game lead. Impressively, they have been able to hit this 15-4 mark even though Kyle Lowry has missed 11 games. Their outstanding depth has allowed them to win while their star point guard has been sidelined with a a thumb injury.
The Raptors are among the hottest teams in the NBA, having won their last 7 games. During the win streak, they secured wins over high-quality teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Utah Jazz. Like the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors have been particularly dominant at home. The Raptors are 9-0 at home and 8-1 against the spread at home. They have gone 12-0 straight up as a favorite this season, and 10-2 against the spread as a favorite. It is extremely difficult to cover against the Raptors when they are at home or the favorite. The Utah Jazz certainly found this out on Sunday.
Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 130-110 on Sunday. The Raptors were able to shoot the lights out on a stingy Jazz defense. They shot 19/36 from 3 point range for a percentage of 52.8%. Pascal Siakam led the way in terms of points, scoring 35 points on the night. He certainly wasn't the only one to put up points as 8 players scored double digit points against Utah. Fred VanVleet scored 21 points on 10 field goal attempts. He went 5 for 7 from 3-point land. Toronto was also able to shut down Utah on the defensive end. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic were held to a combined 11 for 30 from the field and only combined for 4 total field goal attempts. It was as thorough of a victory as the final score indicated. If the Raptors can play like this going forward, the Raptors have a real chance to make another deep playoff run.
Cover The Spread 365 Betting Trends
Miami is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against Toronto.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Miami's last 9 games on the road.
Miami is 12-4 SU in their last 16 games.
Toronto is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 6 games against Miami.
Toronto is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games when playing at home against Miami.
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