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Raptors Need to Bounce Back in Game 2

Luol Deng Cory Joseph NBA

If Game 1 of the Toronto-Miami second-round series is any indication of how it’s going to play out, we’re in for a wild ride. Thanks to a miraculous halfcourt heave from Kyle Lowry, the game saw overtime but the Heat ran away with things in the extra frame and came out on top 102-96. Game 2 gets underway north of the border on Thursday.

Shark Bites
  • The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as underdogs.
  • The Raptors are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a favorite of 4.5 or less.
  • The total has gone UNDER in five of the Heat's last six games with one day off between games.

Despite the amazing shot, Lowry’s struggles in the postseason continue to worsen. The point guard is shooting 30.6 percent in the playoffs while continuing to pass up open looks. Lowry’s issues are at an all-time low – he currently has the worst field goal percentage of anyone in a single postseason in the last 50 years.

The Heat, meanwhile, have officially cleared the air regarding superstar power forward Chris Bosh. Bosh, who has not played since the All-Star break due to recurring blood clot issues, will not return in the playoffs, the team announced Wednesday.

Toronto has been doing an excellent job of bouncing back after a loss, going 7-0 SU and 5-2 ATS in that spot.

Here’s a trend that will appeal to Raptors backers: Teams with home court advantage that have dropped Game 1 have come back to win the series 11 times in the last decade. You can read our full piece here.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Toronto Raptors as -4-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 189.5 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 95-94 win for the Raptors on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors bring a 60-30 record (46-43-1 ATS) to the battle against the 53-37 Miami Heat, who are 48-41-1 ATS. Fans OVER/UNDER betting have seen Toronto Raptors go 45-44-1 so far and the Miami Heat go 37-53. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Toronto vs Miami injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 6-rated Toronto Raptors and the No. 9-ranked Miami Heat, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively the game matches up Toronto's No. 17-ranked offense (101.82 PPG) against a Miami Heat defense that ranks No. 3 at 97.74 PPG. The Toronto Raptors have averaged 44.62% from the field per game, less than the Miami Heat have managed so far this NBA season (46.97% on average).

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Heat grabbed a 102-96 win over the Raptors on Tuesday, behind a 26-point effort from Goran Dragic at Air Canada Centre.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games
  • Miami is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games on the road
  • Miami is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Toronto
  • Toronto is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Toronto's last 9 games
  • Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Miami home to Toronto, Saturday, May 7th