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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.
Toronto Raptors def. Miami Heat (-140)
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|Erik Spoelstra||Head Coach||Nick Nurse|
|32-19 (2nd in East)||Standing||25-23 (8th in East)|
|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)|
|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.|
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.
— Bally Sports Sun: HEAT (@BallyHEAT) February 1, 2022
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.
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.
Gary Trent Jr. with the buzzer beater! ??
— theScore (@theScore) February 1, 2022
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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|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|
|How to Watch||SportsNet, Bally Sports Sun, NBA League Pass (Stream)|
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