In this duel between the second and the fifth best teams of the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Raptors (28-10), are hosting the Miami Heat (22-17), with both teams currently on lengthy winning streaks and looking to extend them today.

Date/Time:  01-09-2018, 19:30 EDT

Spread: Toronto Raptors -5

Total: +207.5

Raptors have a 28-10 record (22-16 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit on the second place of the East. They have five consecutive wins and in their last game they won on the road against the Nets in overtime with a 114-113 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan with 25.3 ppg, adding 4.3 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He is followed by Kyle Lowry with 16.2 ppg, 6.1 rebounds and a team high 7 assists per game. Serge Ibaka adds 13.9 ppg and 6.2 rebounds.

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Heat have a 22-17 record (16-21-2 against the spread) so far this season and currently sit in the 5th place of the East. They have four consecutive wins and in their last game they won at home against the Jazz with a 103-102 score, not beating the odds. They are led in scoring by Goran Dragic with 16.7 ppg, adding a team high 4.8 assists per game. He is followed by Dion Waters with 14.3 ppg, while Hassan Whiteside adds 14 ppg and a team high 11.5 rebounds per game.

In their four meetings last season, Raptors led the Heat 3-1 wins winning both home games. Raptors are 14-1 at home so far this season, while Heat are 10-8 on the road. Raptors are better offensively, scoring a third-best 112.1 ppg to Heat’s third-worse of 100.9, while Heat are better defensively, allowing 102.2 ppg to Raptors’ 104.2. Raptors have a better field goal percentage, shooting with 47.3% to Heat’s 45.5%, while Heat have a better 3-point percentage, shooting with 36.7% to Raptors’ 35.1%. Raptors are better in rebounding, grabbing 42.8 to Heat’s 41.2, in assists made, with 22.8 to Heat’s 21.3 and in turnovers committed (13.8 to 15.1). Raptors have been one of the strongest home teams in the league and Vegas odds give them a -5 spread which they are expected to beat easily for another home victory.

Miami Heat vs Toronto Raptors Prediction: Toronto Raptors -5 (-114)

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Nikos Lagouretos

My name is Nikos Lagouretos, I am 35 years old from Greece and I have been a basketball enthusiast for almost 25 years, having played semi-pro myself. All those years i have seen countless games, done a ton of reading and statistical analysis and I thought it was about time to put them to some good use. I provide analysis, predictions and specialize in NBA, WNBA and almost every domestic and international club league of Europe.

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