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#545 Miami Heat 213 vs.
#546 Toronto Raptors -5.5
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 7:35pm EST
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Toronto Raptors will host the Miami Heat in an Eastern Conference showdown Tuesday night from the Scotiabank Arena. The Heat posted a 109-106 road win in Brooklyn on Sunday, and the Raptors crushed the Jazz 130-110 in their previous action. The Raptors defeated the Heat in all four meetings last season.

Heat Open Road Trip with Victory Against Nets

The Miami Heat are targeting their third straight victory in this one. They tipped-off a three-game road trip with a 109-196 win against the Nets on Sunday afternoon in a clash that had Miami favored by 4.5 points. Jimmy Butler has reached 20 points in two out of his last three games which included 20 points in Sunday’s victory. The 30-year old small forward is having a solid season in his first year with Miami, averaging a team-leading 18.8 points along with 6.3 assists per game. Kendrick Nunn has cooled off slightly in his last few games and is averaging 16.1 points.

Goran Dragic is also in a groove, netting a combined 44 points in his last two games. The 33-year old point guard features a 46% clip from the field and he is sporting an average of 15.9 points on the season. Dragic averaged 10 points and 4.5 rebounds in two games against the Raptors last season. The Heat own a 6-5 road record, and they already hold a big cushion for first place in the Southeast division.

Miami is consistently generating points and are averaging 111.4 points on the season, ranking them 13th in the NBA. The Heat are a terrific defensive team that is holding opponents to 105.1 points, good for eighth in the NBA.

Raptors Extend Winning Streak to Seven Games

The Toronto Raptors remain one of the hottest teams in the NBA. They have won seven consecutive games which included a dominating 130-110 home win against the Jazz on Sunday evening in a tilt that had Toronto labeled as only 2.5 point favorites. Pascal Siakam continues to excel, surpassing 30 points in two out of his last three games led by a dazzling 35 point effort in Sunday’s victory. The 25-year old power forward is establishing himself as one of the top players in the NBA, averaging 25.6 points along with 8.4 rebounds per game. Siakam posted a solid 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in four games against the Heat last season.

Fred VanVleet is red-hot, earning at least 21 points in five out of his last six games. The 25-year old shooting guard is a terrific three-point shooter and he has increased his season average to 18.6 points on 41% shooting. Serge Ibaka made his return on Monday after missing 10 games and he is logging 13.9 PPG. Kyle Lowry is questionable with a thumb injury.

The Raptors continue to shine at home, sporting a perfect 9-0 home record. Toronto is scoring an average of 113.3 points, ranking them 10th in the NBA. The Raptors are a stellar defensive team that is holding opponents to 104.2 points, good for fourth in the NBA.

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I am selecting the red-hot Raptors in this one. The Raptors continue to dominate, winning seven consecutive games and four of those victories occurred by double-digits in points. Toronto just scored 130 points against a very good defensive Jazz team on Sunday, and I expect them to continue their usual offensive production. 

Furthermore, the Heat aren’t as dangerous on the road where they hold a 6-5 record and they have dropped two out of their last three road games overall. The Raptors continue to shut down opponents. They are holding opponents to 40.8% shooting from the field which is the best in the entire NBA.

Prediction: Toronto Raptors

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I expect points to be at a premium. This is a showdown between two terrific defensive squads. Toronto is locked in defensively, allowing 98 or fewer points in three out of their last four games, and they are especially tough on their home court.

In addition, the Heat should at least be able to contain the Raptors. Miami has limited its opposition to 106 or fewer points in three out of their last four games. The under is 4-1-1 in their last six road games and 8-2-1 in their last 11 games following a straight-up win.

Prediction: Under

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The under on the Heat team total offered on PointsBet is worth a look. The Raptors are very tough to solve at home. They have limited their opponents to 98 or fewer points in four out of their last five home games overall. The Heat are effective from three-point range, however, Toronto continues to silence teams from deep as opponents are only shooting 33.2% beyond the arc, which places the Raptors third in the NBA in three-point defense.

Prediction: Heat Team Total Under

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I am opting for the under on the first half total as well. The Raptors are playing dazzling defense in the first half. They have allowed an average of only 43.3 points in the first half over their last three games overall. Miami’s defense has fared well in the opening half where they have limited opponents to 53.3 points, placing them 12th overall.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.