Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Jan 17, 2022

The Raptors play their third road game in four nights on Monday as they visit the and the Miami Heat on an American holiday.

Toronto
48-34
AT
January 17, 2022, 7:30 PM ET
American Airlines Arena
Miami
53-29
Pointspread +4 -110
Moneyline +148
Over / Under o +206.5

47%

Betting Action

53%

Pointspread -4 -110
Moneyline -178
Over / Under u +206.5

47%

Betting Action

53%

The Heat are 4-point favourites on the NBA odds. Former Raptors star Kyle Lowry, though, will not play.

Raptors vs. Heat NBA Betting Odds

The marquee regular-season day of the NBA schedule annually is Christmas, but No. 2 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday in the USA. Thus, it’s a very busy day of action including several matinees – although Raptors-Heat is at night. There could be a fair amount of Raptors fans in attendance because south Florida is full of Canadians this time of year.

Monday is the first of four regular-season meetings between the clubs. Last season, the Heat won two of three meetings, including the lone one in Miami 116-108. All-Star Jimmy Butler played in just one of the three for the Heat. Bam Adebayo averaged 15.7 points and 11.0 rebounds.

Goran Dragic 15.0 points and 4.0 assists for the Heat but of course Dragic is now a member of the Raptors — albeit not with the team and not likely to play again for the Dinos this season. In a sign-and-trade deal in August, the Raptors sent franchise icon Kyle Lowry to Miami for Dragic and Precious Achiuwa. Lowry wanted to play in Miami with his friend Butler and compete for a title, and at least the Raptors got something for the free agent. The Heat did the sign-and-trade for salary-cap reasons. Alas, there will be no reunion Monday as Lowry has been ruled out for personal reasons.

While Toronto has won six of the past 10 in the series, it is 4-6 ATS.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto was a surprise 103-96 winner in Milwaukee on Saturday, rallying from an early 15-point deficit. The best player on the floor wasn’t Bucks two-time MVP winner Giannis Antetokounmpo but Pascal Siakam, who had a triple-double of 30 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists – his second career triple-double. OG Anunoby added 24 points and the Dinos held the Bucks to a season-low 33.8 percent shooting. Gary Trent Jr. (swollen ankle) and Scottie Barnes (knee) both were out. Trent is listed as questionable tonight but Barnes isn’t on the official injury report. Khem Birch will sit with a nasal fracture. The Raptors are 5-1 ATS in their past six following a win.

Miami Heat

The Heat are off a 109-98 home loss to the Sixers on Saturday in the second of a back-to-back. They looked tired in the second half when they were dominated. Former Raptors star Kyle Lowry had eight points and seven assists. He hasn’t been shooting well lately and some of the south Florida writers following the team were wondering if he needs a few games off to rest. Perhaps whatever personal issue he’s dealing with by sitting tonight played a role in those struggles.

Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 22 points and had 11 rebounds for Miami. He has been a rookie sensation as an undrafted player out of Georgetown with 14 straight games of double-digit rebounds. That’s the second-longest such streak in Heat history. However, his minutes may start dropping as soon as Monday because starting centre Bam Adebayo could return from thumb surgery. The Heat are 5-0 ATS in their past five after a loss.

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