Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Predictions, Odds, Picks

  • After their recent loss the Heat fall to second in the East, now on a two-game losing streak.
  • The Toronto Raptors have now won two games in a row and look to close in on the top six.
  • The Heat and Raptors have split the season series so far, 1-1.

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Odds

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Team Point Spread Total Money Line
Miami Heat +2.5 (-110)
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O 210.5 (-110)
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+115
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Toronto Raptors -2.5 (-110)
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U 210.5 (-110)
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-140
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Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Picks

The Heat and the Raptors face off again, just three days after their triple-overtime affair. With both teams on the second leg of a back-to-back, it’ll be about their respective depth.

However, the Heat’s increased injury issues put the game in favor of the Raptors.

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Toronto Raptors def. Miami Heat (-140)

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Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Predictions

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Predictions

Head-to-Head: Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors

Miami Heat
Head-to-Head Toronto Raptors
Erik Spoelstra Head Coach Nick Nurse
32-19 (2nd in East) Standing 25-23 (8th in East)
L-W-W-W Form W-W-L-W
113.0 (4th of 30) Off Rtg 111.2 (12th of 30)
108.3 (7th of 30) Def Rtg 110.4 (17th of 30)
95.6 (29th of 30) Pace 95.8 (28th of 30)

Leaders (Per Game)

J. Butler (22.0) PPG F. Vanvleet (21.7)
B. Adebayo (10.1) RPG P. Siakam (8.4)
K. Lowry (8.3) APG F. Vanvleet (7.0)
J. Butler (1.9) SPG G. Trent (1.9)
B. Adebayo (0.6) BPG C. Boucher (1.1)
D. Dedmon (.589)/T. Herro (7.5) FG%/FGM K. Birch (.495)/P. Siakam (8.0)
D. Dedmon (.522)/D. Robinson (3.1) 3P%/3PM J. Champagnie (.409)/F. Vanvleet (3.9)

Injury Report

Player Team Date Status Info
Victor Oladipo Miami Heat 23 Sep 2021 Out (Knee) Oladipo is yet to be cleared to return to full-court work.
Markieff Morris Miami Heat 27 Jan 2022 Out (Reconditioning) There is no timetable for Morris’ return.
KZ Okpala Miami Heat 27 Jan 2022 Out (Wrist) Okpala hasn’t played since December 28th, with no timetable for his return.
Kyle Lowry Miami Heat 30 Jan 2022 Out (Personal) Lowry is out for personal reasons and there is no timetable for his return.
Omer Yurtseven Miami Heat 30 Jan 2022 Out (Health & Safety) Yurtseven has been placed under league health and safety protocols.
Jimmy Butler Miami Heat 31 Jan 2022 Out (Ankle) Butler was OUT for Miami’s Monday (Jan 31) game.
P.J. Tucker Miami Heat 31 Jan 2022 Out (Knee) Tucker was OUT for Miami’s Monday (Jan 31) game.
Goran Dragic Toronto Raptors 30 Nov 2021 Out (Personal) Dragic is away from the team due to a personal matter and there is no timetable for his return.
Khem Birch Toronto Raptors 17 Jan 2022 Out (Nose) Birch is expected to be out 10-14 days after undergoing surgery for a broken nose.

How can the Heat beat the Raptors?

Undermanned and outgunned, the Miami Heat are coming off of a blowout loss to the Boston Celtics. If they hope to beat the Toronto Raptors, Miami must find the ball movement they need to overcome a vicious Toronto defense.

In their blowout loss to the Boston Celtics, the Heat found themselves converting on 38.6% of their threes, but just 39.1% from the field overall. While they assisted on 25 of their 34 field goals, too often were they forced into difficult shots.

Against a more talented defensive team in the Raptors, the Heat must recognize where they have the advantage to win. The frontcourt is where they can succeed, as the Raptors play quite small. However, they won’t find a win if they settle for low-percentage looks.

Heat Key Player: (C) Bam Adebayo

Things only seem to be getting tougher for the Miami Heat, as Bam Adebayo is the last of their regular stars left in the lineup. Despite not being an offensive focal point, he must be aggressive against the Raptors.

In the Miami Heat’s 30-point loss to the Boston Celtics, Adebayo posted a modest 12 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in 32 minutes of play.

It isn’t that Adebayo isn’t capable offensively, but he’s never been asked to be such an option when the Heat are healthy. Against a diminutive Raptors frontcourt, Adebayo must be dominant.

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How can the Raptors beat the Heat?

The Toronto Raptors have now won two straight games, but surely don’t want to drag themselves through another triple-overtime affair against the Miami Heat.

For the Raptors to take down the Miami Heat, they need to find some production out of the bench. In their last meeting against the Heat, Raptors coach Nick Nurse played an 8-man lineup that found just 9 points off the bench.

A top-heavy team, the Raptors will always play their starting five the most. However when staggered with the bench, that starting five must create opportunities for their reserves in order to find enough production for a victory in 48 minutes.

Raptors Key Player: (G) Gary Trent Jr.

One of the most in-form players in the NBA, Gary Trent Jr. has been leading the Raptors through their recent successful streak. When Toronto face the Heat again, all eyes will be on the scoring prowess of Trent Jr.

In his last game, a win over the Atlanta Hawks, Trent Jr. posted 31 points and 6 rebounds on 10 of 22 shooting from the field. He was excellent from three-point range as well, converting on 9 of 15 attempts from deep.

Having score 30-plus points in his last 4 games, Trent Jr. will once again need to be an offensive threat for the Raptors. Considering the inconsistency of their depth, Trent Jr. will be looked at to make up for their lack of production.

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How to Watch Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Information
Teams Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors
Location Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Time 7:30 PM EST, February 1st, 2022
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