Heat, Raptors, to meet in a projected close game

Heat, Raptors, to meet in a projected close game

The Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors meets on November 17, 2022, at 8:30 AM (GMT+8), as the Heat travel to Toronto. These two teams are both from the Eastern Conference, and they are both in-need of more wins to progress in the NBA. Coming into this game, the Heat and the Raptors are both having a good momentum as they are both coming from a win. The Heat came from a 113-112 victory against the Suns. The Raptors on the other hand is coming from a 115-111 victory versus the Pistons.

Throughout these two team’s history in the regular season, they already met 98 times. For those 98 times, it was the Heat who holds the advantage winning 59 times. The Raptors on the other hand took home 39 victories out of those 98 meetings. The hosts are hoping that they cou8ld score one more victory against their opponent this time. This is the second time this season that these two teams met. They had a match last month where the Raptors were able to pick up a 98-90 victory versus Miami. This time, they are hoping to get the same result, but the visitors will not make it easy for them.

Miami Heat

NBA: Miami Heat
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The victory of the Heat on their last game has a luck along with it as they were able to beat the Suns until the last minute. This 113-112 victory against the Suns gave them their third consecutive win, and is looking to extend in this match. Due to this victory, the Heat improved to 7-7, and are now ninth in their conference standings. On that victory, the Heat even trailed by 13 points in the last quarter and outscored the Suns. All thanks to Bam Adebayo’s successful free throws, the Heat got a victory at home. Offensively, the Heat is at the 19th in the league, having 110.7 points per game. As for the defensive side, they are the 11th, after giving up 110 points per game.

Jimmy Butler is the one who leads the Heat when it comes to scoring as he scores 21.6 points per game. Tyler Herro is also producing points for the Heat with an average of 19.6 points, and Bam Adebayo is with 19.1 points.

Toronto Raptors

NBA: Toronto Raptors
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A home win seems to be too shy for the Raptors, as they will try to earn a win at their home turf in this game. The Raptors experienced two straight defeats before winning over the Pistons on their last match. They are a little too confident at that match as they allowed the Pistons to climb back despite having 11 points lead before the 4th quarter. Due to this win, the Raptors are now sixth in the Eastern Conference. Their free-throw shooting in that match have been exceptional, missing only one free throw in that game. They are 16th offensively with 111.9 points per game, and 10th in defense, giving up 109.5 points.

OG Anunoby is the one leading the Raptors with an average of 17.3 points per game. Scottie Barns, Fred VanVleet, and Gary Tent Jr., are also providing for the Raptors, with a two digit average points.

Prediction:

Miami Heat
Total Under: 108.5
Odds: 0.87

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