The Miami Heat (31-34) are riding their four game winning streak, and will welcome the Toronto Raptors (47-19) to town on Sunday.
Over the past week, the Heat have quietly made big moves, sliding into the playoff picture in the east. Following their four game winning streak, Miami has a one game lead over in-state rivals Orlando Magic. The Heat will be glad to be back at home, where they haven’t lost since February 25, beating the Warriors, Nets, Hawks, and Cavs in their last four home games. Heavy guard play has the Heat in such good form, with three guards averaging over 15 points per game in the last five games. Goran, Dragic, Josh Richardson, and Dwyane Wade have all stepped up for Miami as of late, carrying the Heat in the scoring department. Wade has been especially good against the Raptors this season, averaging 22.5 points and 6.0 assist in two games against Toronto this season, and will need another big performance if the Heat are going to compete on Sunday.
The Miami Heat have won four in a row, and have a record of 6-4 in their last 10 games. The Heat are 18-16 in 34 games at home this season, and have went 4-1 in their last five home games.
Miami Heat Expected Starting Lineup
Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk, Bam Adebayo
Miami Heat Home NBA Form
|08.03.2019||WIN||Cavaliers 110 – 126 Miami Heat|
|04.03.2019||WIN||Hawks 113 – 114 Miami Heat|
|02.03.2019||WIN||Nets 88 – 117 Miami Heat|
|27.02.2019||WIN||Warriors 125 – 126 Miami Heat|
|25.02.2019||LOSS||Suns 124 – 121 Miami Heat|
There are fewer teams with more scoring options that the Toronto Raptors. Toronto will be without what is considered their most dangerous scoring threat, as Kawhi Leonard is set to miss Sunday’s game due to injury. The small forward is averaging 27.1 points per game in his first season as a Raptor. Fortunate for Toronto, Leonard shouldn’t be missed too much, as the Raptors boast one of the most productive front court’s in the NBA. Pascal Siakam continues his breakout season, averaging 16.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Former starting center Serge Ibaka has also found consistency, and is having one of his best seasons of his career, putting up 15.3 points and a team leading 8.1 rebounds per game. As if this wasn’t enough already, the Raptors mid-season pickup Marc Gasol has hit the ground running in Toronto, averaging 9.9 points and 6.1 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per game so far as a Raptor. This core for Toronto has made them one of the most physically imposing teams in the league, creating a matchup problem for a majority of teams that can’t match up with the athleticism and size of the Raptors. The unique dynamic has the Raptors in second place in the Eastern Conference, just three games behind the first place Bucks. Expect Toronto to not take Sunday’s road game in Miami lightly, as they still have a slim chance of possibly catching the Bucks before the regular season concludes.
The Raptors been in-form as of late, going 7-3 in their last 10 games. Toronto has a decent away record this season, going 20-12 in 32 games away from home. The Raptors are 4-1 in their last five away games.
Toronto Raptors Expected Starting Lineup
Kyle Lowry, Danny Green, Norman Powell, Pascal Siakam, Marc Gasol
Toronto Raptors Away NBA Form
|08.03.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 127 – 104 Pelicans|
|03.03.2019||LOSS||Toronto Raptors 107 – 112 Pistons|
|09.02.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 104 – 99 Knicks|
|07.02.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 119 – 101 Hawks|
|05.02.2019||WIN||Toronto Raptors 119 – 107 76ers|
The Money Line
Here are how the odds to win the match look from the bookies ahead of the game.
Odds taken at 10:00 GMT 10/03/2019
- The Miami Heat have won four games in a row heading into Sunday’s matchup
- The last 10 games between the Heat and the Raptors have averaged 197 points
- The Raptors have won seven of the last 10 games against the Heat
Our Verdict and Best Bets
These two Eastern Conference contenders are both looking to improve their playoff position before the postseason. The Heat have held a solid home record recently, and will likely come out confident, especially considering that the Raptors will be without Kawhi Leonard in this one. Expect a low scoring game on Sunday, as the Heat will look to slow things down in this one. Miami will need big games from Dwyane Wade and Josh Richardson, but we see the Heat taking care of business in this one, pulling off the upset at home.