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On Tuesday, January 9th, the (22-17) Miami Heat will be on the road to take on the (27-10) Toronto Raptors.
“The Crowd” is projecting a final score of Raptors 105.7 – Heat 97.5 with an over/under of 203.2.
Statistics (2017-18 season):
Point differential: Raptors +8.1 (2nd) > Heat -1.3 (21st)
Points per game: Raptors 112.1 (3rd) > Heat 100.9 (20th)
Points allowed per game: Heat 102.2 (7th) > Raptors 104.0 (10th)
Field Goal Percentage Offense: Raptors 47.5% (6th) > Heat 45.5% (16th)
Three Point Percentage: Heat 36.7% (13th) > Raptors 35.2% (25th)
Field Goal Percentage Defense: Raptors 45.4% (10th) > Heat 45.7% (12th)
Turnovers committed per game: Raptors 13.1 (5th) > Heat 14.3 (19th)
Turnovers forced per game: Raptors 15.4 (3rd) > Heat 13.6 (20th)
Rebounds per game: Raptors 42.6 (17th) > Heat 41.2 (24th)
Assists per game: Raptors 22.9 (11th) > Heat 21.3 (22nd)
The Raptors have the best home record in the NBA this season at (14-1). Toronto is playing great basketball right now evidenced by their (8-2) record in their last ten games. The Raptors average 112.1 points per game (3rd) while allowing 104.0 (10th). DeMar Derozan is averaging a career high in points (25.0 PPG) and assists (4.9 APG). Derozan is shooting 36.8% from the three-point line which is easily the best mark of his career. Kyle Lowry continues to play at a high level (16.2 PPG and 6.9 APG) while Serge Ibaka (14.0 PPG and 6.1 RPG) remains a consistent performer. The Raptors rank 12th in bench scoring (38.8 PPG). Surprisingly, the Raptors are the only team in the NBA that currently ranks as a top ten team both offensively and defensively.
Miami is (7-3) in their last ten games and (11-8) on the road this season. The Heat lack a true number one scoring option but have eight players averaging double digit points. Goran Dragic leads the team in scoring (16.7 PPG) but this team really hangs their hat on the defensive end. Hassan Whiteside (14.0 PPG and 11.5 RPG) is a force on the interior but controversially has not been playing at the end of games. Miami struggles to score points but they are one of the NBA’s better defensive teams. The Heat average 100.9 points per game (20th) and allow 102.2 PPG (7th).
The Raptors have dominated this match-up going (8-2) in their last ten head to head games with Miami. DeMar Derozan has been on a scoring tear lately and Toronto is riding a four-game winning streak. The one advantage Miami has over Toronto is three-point shooting so they will have to be lights out from the perimeter to keep up with the high scoring Raptors. Toronto has been nearly unbeatable at home this season so I expect them to win again Tuesday night.
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