In this betting preview, we cover:
  • How to watch the game & where to bet
  • 3 news updates for Heat & Raptors

The Miami Heat head into their game against the Toronto Raptors against the spread by 4, with the Raptors sitting at -4 against the spread. The Heat won their most recent game on Wednesday against the Raptors 111-102, with the under for that game hitting at U222. With Butler and Herro out with injuries, it might be hard for the Heat to even up those season wins this time without two of their top scorers in the game.

Toronto on the other hand, only has one player, Patrick McCaw out of the game, with Pascal Siakam expected to return from his groin injury for Friday’s game. Toronto has had a less stellar season so far compared to the Heat, with only 4 wins out of 14 games so far this season.

So, who’s our pick to win the game, and what else is new with each team? Let’s dive in.

Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors Game Info & Odds Update
Date: Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:30PM ET
Location:Amalie Arena, Tampa FL
Where to Watch:Sportsnet, Fox Sports
Latest Odds: Heat—Spread: +2.5 (-110) Win: +125 Total: O220.5 (-110) | Raptors: Spread: -2.5 (-110) Win: -145 Total: U220.5 (-110)
Where to Bet: Best Sportsbooks to Bet on NBA Basketball

Heat vs. Raptors Betting Pick: 01/22/2021

Our pick: Raptors (-145)

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Our pick to win this game is the Raptors — although they lost their last match against the Heat, they’re ripe for revenge against the Heat with two of the former’s star players out of the game. Plus, if they’re smart, they’ve learned from their previous game and adjust their game accordingly.

Toronto Raptors News: 3 Things

  • Raptors defeated the Mavericks 116-93 on Monday, January 18
  • Stanley Johnson proved his level of determination when he pressured the Mavs’ Doncic to the half-court line from under the basket (receiving an elbow to the face in the process) — This resulted in a technical foul for TO after VanVleet confronted the Mavs about the elbow
  • The Raptors still have Lowry in their pocket — for now. Lowry is seen as ‘ageless’ for many Raptors fans and is one of the most accomplished players in the Raptor’s history, but rumors of a trade (to the Heat, coincidentally) have followed him for years. Officially however, Lowry will stay in the Six — for now.

Miami Heat News: 3 Things  

  • Erik Spoelstra’s said the Heat were in ‘constant contact’ with the NBA when they played against the 76ers with only 8 players, and having Herro play such ‘heavy minutes’ exacerbated the shooting guard’s neck spasms—It’s unlikely he’ll make an appearance at the game.
  • When it comes to injuries, the Heat are on a bad luck streak with Jimmy Butler out with an injury, and the team hitting the road to Tampa without Avery Bradley and Meyers Leonard, too.
  • Will the Heat make a new trade in the 20-21 off-season? Although members of the team are happy they didn’t receive Harden in a trade, many speculate a trade could be right around the corner, with eyes on another superstar for their roster. Speculated trades include D’Angelo Russel and Bradley Beal (among others).
  • And one more thing…in COVID-19-related news, the Heat reportedly plan to use COVID-detecting dogs at the American Airlines Arena to screen arena attendees for the virus. What does that look like? In a video provided by the Heat, if a dog indicates that you have COVID-19, they’ll sit in front of you and your group will be denied entry.

Veronica Taylor

Veronica Taylor is a card game enthusiast who you can find checking out the latest themed online casino games or sports betting trends. When she’s not writing about what’s new in the gambling world and industry (both online and on land), you can find her watching the NBA and looking up assorted player facts. (Did you know Lebron snacks on apples and almond butter everyday?)

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