The Toronto Raptors will be back in action on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena as they host Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat after a four-day hiatus. Toronto enters the game with a 9-11 record at the 20-game mark, while Miami sits at 11-9, as they approach the quarter mark of the regular season.
The Raptors have lost three of their last four games, including their most recent 119-106 loss to the New York Knicks on December 1. Similarly, the Miami Heat have also struggled, losing four of their last five games, culminating in a 144-129 defeat at the hands of the Indiana Pacers in their last game on December 2.
The odds for this Eastern Conference matchup are provided by bet365.
About the Heat (11-9 SU, 9-11 ATS, 10-10 o/u)
The Heat have faced numerous injuries in their first 20 games, relying heavily on Jimmy Butler for offensive production. Butler expressed his disappointment with the team’s performance, describing it as “very mediocre.” Despite their struggles, the Heat boast the NBA’s 11th-ranked offensive rating, scoring 114.8 points per 100 possessions. They have also been road warriors, with a 6-6 record away from home.
About the Raptors (9-11 SU, 11-9 ATS, 10-10 o/u)
Pascal Siakam summarized the Raptors’ performance by stating, “It doesn’t feel like anything is bad, it just feels like nothing is amazing.” Siakam has struggled with his three-point shooting, which ranks among the worst in the league. The Raptors need to improve their performance to stay competitive in the playoffs race.
The Heat will be without Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, while the Raptors’ Christian Koloko remains sidelined. The Heat have already used 13 different starting lineups due to injuries.
Betting trends and player prop trends
Miami is 6-3 ATS in its last nine road games, while Toronto is 6-1 ATS in their past seven meetings. Siakam has excelled in rebounding, while Jakob Poeltl has improved his scoring rate. Scottie Barnes has been performing well on the defensive end.
Wagers to consider
Duncan Robinson over 13.5 points and a Bet Boost SGP involving the Raptors moneyline and specific performance of players are some of the bets to consider for the upcoming game.