Heat vs. Raptors Prediction: NBA Odds, Point Spread

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 22, 2021

The Raptors wrap up a five-game homestand in Tampa on Friday night by facing the Heat for the second straight game there and looking to avoid the “home” sweep.

Miami
15-17
AT
January 22, 2021, 7:30 PM ET
Amalie Arena
Toronto
16-17
Pointspread +2.5 -110
Moneyline +114
Over / Under o +220.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

Pointspread -2.5 -110
Moneyline -137
Over / Under u +220.5

44%

Betting Action

56%

The Dinos will be favoured on the NBA odds.

NBA Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Toronto swept its only other baseball-type series season, coming against Charlotte last Thursday and Saturday. It’s the fourth such series for Miami. The Heat split two at home vs. Milwaukee, were swept in Philadelphia and split two at home vs. Detroit.

Presumably, the Heat will remain without All-Star Jimmy Butler and fellow guard Avery Bradley again here as neither even traveled to Tampa for the two-game set as they are in the COVID-protocols. Then again, teams and the league are being purposefully vague on players’ status so it’s not impossible they fly up and play if cleared. Not likely, however. Backup centre Meyers Leonard also didn’t make the trip but due to a shoulder injury.

Toronto is 3-7 against the spread in the past 10 meetings after losing/failing to cover Wednesday.

Miami Heat

Miami was an upset winner in Tampa on Wednesday, 111-102. Kendrick Nunn, who doesn’t play a lot of minutes when the Heat are fully healthy, had 28 points (entering, he had 33 points all year) and was 9-for-12 shooting in 35 minutes off the bench. Andre Iguodala added 13 off the bench, while Bam Adebayo had 14 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Toronto native Kelly Olynyk, starting while the Heat are short-handed, had 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his best game of the year. Young star sharpshooter Tyler Herro missed his third straight game with back spasms but he’s with the team and listed questionable for Friday.

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors’ three-game winning streak, all in Tampa, was snapped Wednesday. Kyle Lowry started fast with Toronto’s first seven points but then disappeared offensively, finishing with eight points on 2-for-12 shooting. He did have 10 rebounds and seven assists. Lowry needs 14 points to reach 10,000 for his career with Toronto. Chris Boucher came back to earth with eight points and just one rebound in 23 minutes off the bench. Fred VanVleet had 24 points to lead the Dinos. They shot just 39.8 per cent overall and 30.2 per cent in the second half when Miami dominated.

Pascal Siakam said afterward that he’s dealing with a nagging groin injury, although he played 37 minutes Wednesday. However, he didn’t practice Thursday and in question for Friday. In case you missed it, Toronto waived centre Alex Len before Wednesday’s game.

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