After five straight wins, Miami went down to a surprise 123-105 loss on the road at the Washington Wizards on Monday night. They allowed a season-high 42 points in the second quarter.
Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and Duncan Robinson added 16. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Miami are averaging 112.4 Points per Game (PPG), while they are allowing 108.2 (PA). Butler is the lead scorer for Miami, averaging 20.8 Points per Game (PPG). The Heat are a hugely impressive 15-1 with home-court advantage this season.
Having lost three of their previous four games, the injury-depleted Raptors had a 117-97 home-court win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on New Year’s Eve.
Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, Serge Ibaka had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Terence Davis matched his career high with 19 and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points in his first start with Toronto.
The Raptors were missing the key trio of Pascal Siakam (groin), Marc Gasol (left hamstring) and Norman Powell (left shoulder) for a seventh consecutive game, during which time they’ve gone 4-3.
Toronto are averaging 111.3 PPG, while they are allowing 106.2 (PA). Siakam leads the way for Toronto with 25.1 PPG. The Raptors are 9-6 on the road.
Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Betting Lines & Predictions
Although the Toronto Raptors are continuing to show the full depth of their roster, NBA predictions for this game have to favour the Miami Heat given their excellent home-court record and they are the tips to win here.
Miami are -227 (1.44) at 888Sport on the Money Line, with Toronto on offer at betting odds of +192 (2.92) with Sports Interaction. We’ll take the Heat -5.5 at -110 (1.90) with Sports Interaction on the Point Spread.