Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat Prediction, NBA Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Apr 14, 2024

A massively disappointing 2023-24 NBA regular season comes to an end Sunday for the Toronto Raptors as they play a second straight game in Miami.

April 14, 2024, 1:00 PM ET
American Airlines Arena
Pointspread +15.5 -105
Moneyline +950
Over / Under o +218.5
Pointspread -15.5 -115
Moneyline -2000
Over / Under u +218.5

The Heat are priced as sizable favourites on the NBA odds.

Raptors vs. Heat NBA Betting Odds

It’s quite rare for all 30 NBA teams to play in one day/night, but it happened on Friday and will again Sunday as the regular-season ends – presumably the two busy slates because there was no basketball action Saturday. While coach Darko Rajakovic should be back for a second season in 2024-25 despite this year’s disaster, certainly the Dinos will look fairly different next October when the new season begins. 

Gary Jrent Jr. and Jordan Nwora, who suddenly has shown signs of being a quality NBA reserve, are both unrestricted free agents. Immanuel Quickley is a restricted free agent, meaning the Raptors can match any offer and surely they will considering how good Quickley has been since coming over from the Knicks. The Raptors also have a $23 million club option on guard Bruce Brown. Very solid player but probably not worth that much. The option could be picked up and then Brown traded. 

It’s hard to know how hard the Heat might push on Sunday in terms of playing all their key guys as they do have a path to avoiding the Eastern Conference play-in tournament but it’s a long shot. Miami leads the season series 2-1 following Friday’s easy win and all-time 61-42, including 36-16 as the home team. 

Toronto Raptors

The Raptors can throw caution to the wind Sunday as they will finish with the sixth-worst record in the NBA regardless of what happens. That’s potentially huge because if Toronto picks lands a top-six draft pick it keeps it. If it falls to seventh in the lottery, the Spurs get it from last season’s Jakob Poeltl trade and that was truly be a disaster for the Dinos. RJ Barrett was terrific in Friday’s 125-103 loss with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Barrett is now up to a 20.1 ppg average this season, a career high. Immanuel Quickley added 15 points and five assists but no other starter had more than eight points. Toronto was only 10-for-31 from deep with Gary Trent Jr. 1-for-7. As noted above, Sunday might be his last game as a Raptor. There are 12 players in the NBA this season who have averaged at least 39 per cent shooting from deep, played a minimum of 60 games and averaged six three-point attempts per game, and Trent Jr. is one of them. Quickley is out today with Barrett questionable. Trent will play. 

Miami Heat

The Heat have alternated wins and losses over their past seven after rolling the Raptors on Friday as they never trailed and won every quarter. Second-year player Nikola Jovic had one of the better games of his career with 22 points and five rebounds. Rookie Jaime Jaquez Jr. a steal as the No. 18 overall pick in the 2023 draft out of UCLA, had 20 off the bench. Miami currently sits eighth in the East but only a game out of sixth to avoid the play-in. To do that, the Heat must win Sunday and have Orlando lose at home as a 5-point favourite vs. Milwaukee AND Philadelphia to lose at home as a 14.5-point favourite vs. Brooklyn. Obviously very unlikely both happen, so Heat coach Erik Spoelstra might opt to rest some guys ahead of the play-in tournament early next week. As it was, guards Terry Rozier and Duncan Robinson both missed Friday with minor injuries and they are out again.

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