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.
No quit in the Dragon! 💪 pic.twitter.com/BT2v9ZW1v1— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 1, 2019
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.
The Miami Heat are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against the Atlantic division.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall against a team with a winning record.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Toronto Raptors are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight-up win.
- 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning record.
- 25-4 ATS in their last 29 games playing on one day of rest.