Free NBA picks for Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat
Toronto Raptors will play against Miami Heat in the regular season of the NBA, and on our site, you can read Free NBA picks. The game is on Thursday, January 2, at 7:30 PM ET and the place is American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida.
Toronto Raptors 23-11 are 4th in the NBA Eastern Conference. Their last match was on Tuesday and they beat at home Cleveland Cavaliers 117-97. Kyle Lowry was the highest-scoring player on the court that night with 24 points but he also finished with 8 assists which was the key for the victory of his team. That was a very important win for Raptors because two days earlier they were beaten at home by only one point from Oklahoma City Thunder 97-98. Their most impressive victory lately was against Celtics in Boston 113-97. Toronto enter that match as a total underdog but managed to win by 16 points and again the most important player for the team was Kyle Lowry with 30 points.
Miami Heat 24-9 are 3rd in the NBA Eastern Conference. The team of Erik Spoelstra lost their last game away from home against Washington Wizards 105-123. This was very surprising lose because Heat was the favorite and their best players were on the court that night but Wizards managed to beat them by 18 points even that they lost the 1st quarter 39-29. However, before this lose Miami won 5 matches in a row as their last victory was at home against Philadelphia 76ers by only one point after OT 117-116. With this win at home, they remain with only one loss in Miami and 15 victories.
The key in the upcoming clash will be the home advantage of Heat. Also, Raptors got 6 of their 11 loses away from home. Miami lost in their last match and so far this season they were never beaten twice in a row. When we add the fact that the match will be in Florida I expect a victory for Jimmy Butler and his teammates. Free NBA picks: Miami Heat -5½ Spread