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The (30-26) Miami Heat of the Eastern Conference Southeast division is “NORTH OF THE BORDER” for a conference matchup. Miami takes on the (39-16) Toronto Raptors of the Eastern Conference Atlantic.
Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST. The game is on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The teams will play at Air Canada Centre in Maple Leaf Square in frigid Toronto, Ontario.
Local Television networks will broadcast the game.
The Miami Heat brought local hero Dwyane Wade back at the trade deadline, and fans in South Florida are ecstatic. Can the Heat become relevant in the East? Probably not.
Toronto is one of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference, but they can’t seem to take the next step. What is it going to take for the Raptors to get over the hump?
The Opening Betting line has the Toronto Raptors as an eight-point home favorite against the spread. The Betting Odds Total is 207 And A Half Points for Tuesday’s contest.
The Miami Heat beat Toronto once this season at the Air Canada Centre in a close contest in which point guard Goran Dragic and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto got into a shoving match at the final buzzer.
Miami broke of the five-game losing streak against Milwaukee last Friday in the return of Dwyane Wade.
General Manager Pat Riley called the return of the franchises most recognizable star unbelievable.
How much the team will improve is still the question, and this sports handicapper doesn’t think it will help a bit. The thirty-six-year-old future hall of fame was brought back for the curtain call of his career.
The Miami Heat are second in the Southeast division and should get a postseason berth, but they will get outed in the first round.
Miami ranks third in the “ASSOCIATION” defensively, allowing opponents just 101.1 ppg.
Miami finds a ways to score easy baskets in the post and head coach Erik Spoelstra wants to go into the All-Star break on a positive note.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Miami Heat at +1,110 to win the Eastern Conference Southeast Division Title.
The 2018 Toronto Raptors are on top of the standings in the Atlantic division, just a half-game in front of the slumping Boston Celtics.
Toronto has the best home record in the NBA with only four losses and is also good to point spread bettors.
The Raptors are on a five-game winning streak both straight up and to the number.
Head Coach Dwane Casey is in his seventh season on the bench and is one of the best motivators in the NBA.
The Raptors are in the top ten in the league scoring the basketball and defensively. The backcourt of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is one of the best in the East; they have been playing alongside on and other for quite some time.
Center Jonas Valanciunas and Power Forward Serge Ibaka makes them a dangerous team in the postseason. Could the 2018 season be the year the Toronto Raptors get into the NBA Finals?
Bovada.Lv has the 2018 Toronto Raptors at +700 to win the Eastern Conference Championship.
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