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Late-Season Push Propelling Heat Into a Playoff Spot

The Miami Heat were seemingly out of the Eastern Conference playoff race in early January, but the team has turned its season around since and occupies the eighth and final playoff spot in the East ahead of Thursday’s contest with the Toronto Raptors in South Beach. Sportsbooks opened the Heat as 3-point home faves with a total of 203.

Shark Bites
  • The visiting team is 0-6 SU and ATS in its last six games in this matchup.
  • The Raptors are 3-14 SU in their last 17 games on the road against the Heat.
  • The Heat are 8-1 ATS in their last nine games.

Toronto pulled within a half-game of the third-place Washington Wizards thanks to a 122-120 overtime triumph over the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday that saw the Raptors pull off a 16-point comeback in the final 16 minutes of regulation. The Dinos will be forced to play without the services of power forward Serge Ibaka, who’s been suspended for one game after trading punches with Chicago’s Robin Lopez.

Heat big man Hassan Whiteside is listed as probable for the affair with a hand injury. Whiteside was forced to leave Tuesday’s tilt with the Phoenix Suns after hurting his hand, a wound that required 13 stitches to close. Head coach Eric Spoelstra was positive in his post-game press conference that Whiteside would be able to play against the Raptors.

The teams split the first two meetings this season, with Miami earning a 104-89 home win on March 11.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at BetOnline opened the Miami Heat as -3-point favorites in this betting matchup earlier today, while the OVER/UNDER betting line was sitting around 203 earlier at Bovada.

Odds Shark computer score prediction models pick a possible 107-102 win for the Heat on Thursday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NBA matchups here.

Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Toronto Raptors will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 38-32-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Miami Heat are 44-27 ATS. Toronto is 38-32-1 against the points scored total betting line, while Miami is 33-38 versus the line. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Toronto injuries news.

The Miami Heat sit at No. 2 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Toronto Raptors are at No. 11 on that betting chart.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Miami's No. 22-ranked offense averaging 103 PPG, against a Toronto Raptors defense that ranks No. 8 at 103.32 PPG. The Miami Heat field goal percentage has averaged 45.52% so far, less than the Toronto Raptors shooters have achieved on the year, 46.18% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Chicago was victimized by DeMar DeRozan for 42 points as the Raptors defeated the Bulls 122-120 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Phoenix was victimized for 23 points and 23 rebounds by Hassan Whiteside as the Heat defeated the Suns 112-97 in NBA action on Tuesday.

Betting Trends
  • Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Toronto is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Toronto is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games on the road
  • Miami is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Miami is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • Miami is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Miami is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Toronto at Dallas, Saturday, March 25th
Miami at Boston, Sunday, March 26th