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Raptors vs Heat Prediction

by Asa AgnoliFebruary 24, 2021

The Toronto Raptors will be traveling down to American Airlines Arena on Wednesday to take on the Miami Heat. The Raptors had a 4 game win streak until it was broken by the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

It is going to be tough for the Raptors to defeat the heat coming off that loss to the 76ers. The Heat are currently on a roll with a 3 game win streak that has come against western conference teams.

In those 3 Western Conference teams were the Lakers which was a huge win for the Heat and Kendrick Nunn who scored 27 points.

A Look at Toronto

The Raptors have won 9 of their last 13 games to even their record out at 16-16. Fred VanVleet and Kyle Lowry have found their groove together and are a strong winning force together on the court.

Chris Boucher has also been a force to reckon with on the court providing great support on both defense and offense. Boucher is second in the league with a block rate of 8.7% and he is averaging 13.3 points per game.

VanVleet has stepped up this season and improved drastically from last year. He is averaging 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6.7 assists. These are all career highs for Fred and he is matched up with Duncan Robinson throughout most of the game he will most likely win that battle.

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Raptors Lineup

The Raptors projected lineup consist of Fred VanVleet (G), Norman Powell (G), OG Anunboy (F), DeAndre Bembry (F), and Pascal Siakam ©

Heat Preview

Miami has been looking for some momentum this season and looks to have gotten it with their 3 game winning streak. The offense this season has been shakey but as for the defense that has shown great improvement and keeping the Heat in the loop.

The Heat defense is eighth in defensive rating at 109.4 and will continue to get better as the heat fight their way to a playoff berth.

Jimmy Butler was cheated out of the All-Star game in my eyes due to the coaches voting. He is a star and deserved a sixth all-star appearance especially after being the first Heat player to drop a triple-double in consecutive games.

Although Jimmy’s scoring numbers have decreased his rebounding and assists have increased. He is sharing the ball more and working hard on both sides of the court to get those rebounds that win games. Jimmy is putting up 19.1 ppg, 7.6 rebounds, and 7.6 assists.

If the heat plan to keep winning though they are going to need Butler to start scoring more as the heat are 26th in the league in scoring.

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Projected Heat Lineup

The Heat will be starting Kendrick Nunn (G), Duncan Robinson (G), Jimmy Butler (F), Kelly Olynyk (F), and Bam Adebayo (C)

Injury Report

The Raptors only have to worry about one injury which is Kyle Lowry’s thumb and ankle but he is listed as probable to play so expect to see him join his squad on the court in this exciting matchup. As for the Heat they are missing many players to injuries.

Most importantly they will be missing Goran Dragic due to an ankle injury and Tyler Herro who is listed as day-today with a hip injury.

Raptors vs Heat Prediction, Odds, and Lines

The Heat are at -2.0(-110) for the spread and are -135 for the money line. The over/under for the game is 214.

The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are both on a roll right now but the Heat are coming into this game well-rested and they are playing at home giving them a nice advantage.

Even though Miami has those advantages the Raptors have found their groove and been a roll for much more of the season than the Heat. Don’t count the raptors out but I would take the Heat this game since lowry has been out for 4 games and is not completely healed.

 

 

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About The Author
Asa Agnoli
My name is Asa Agnoli. Miami has always been my home. I’m a senior University of Miami and I live and breathe all things sports. I played sports throughout my whole life. This semester I’ll be a writing intern with Knup solutions learning how to write creative content for the esports and I-gaming industries. In the Spring I graduate from the University of Miami with a degree in Sports Administration, minoring in Sports Medicine.