The Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat will both be gunning for a victory on Wednesday when they meet at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Toronto At Miami
When: 7:30 PM ET, Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN2 (Toronto), Sun Sports (Miami)
Prediction: Heat 108, Raptors 96.
Toronto is finally getting some production from Landry Fields. The veteran small forward, signed to a lucrative multi-year deal as a free agent in the offseason, struggled to open the season before suffering a major elbow injury that knocked him out of action for a month and a half. He was inserted back into the starting lineup seven games ago and has been a solid contributor, averaging 7.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals. He had his best performance in a Toronto uniform against Los Angeles, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting while adding 10 rebounds and four steals.
Toronto won its last outing, a 108-103 result against the Lakers on January 20. The Raptors covered in that game as a 4.5-point underdog, while the 211 combined points took the game OVER the total.
Team record: 15-26 SU, 21-19-1 ATS
The total has gone OVER in 5 of last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of last 5 games when playing Miami
is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Miami
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Orlando are 4-6
After playing LA Lakers are 2-8
After a win are 7-3
Being the defending NBA champions has undoubtedly taken its toll on the Heat, making their five-day layoff akin to having an early All-Star break. For players like Dwyane Wade and LeBron James – perennial participants in the midseason showcase – the extra days of rest in January are even more critical. “It was good for our team,” Wade, who will take part in his ninth All-Star Game next month, told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We kind of get a rest. We are one of the oldest teams in the league. Guys mentally and physically kind of get away from the grind and get back into it.”
Miami won its last outing, a 99-90 result against the Lakers on January 17. The Heat covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog, while the 189 combined points took the game UNDER the total.
Team record: 26-12 SU, 19-19 ATS
Current streak: won 2 straight games.
is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of last 9 games at home
is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games at home
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Detroit are 8-2
After playing LA Lakers are 9-1
After a win are 6-4