Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors

Tonight’s the night, the return of JO and J-Moon to the ACC. Seems like yesterday they were in the red and black and now they are with the Heat and most likely in the playoffs.

Remember last season when the Heat were the one team the Raps just killed. Well that is no more sadly. Sure the Raps somehow have won both matchups this season but that seemed like so long ago. D-Wade is healthy and having an MVP season and he is going to go off on the Raps backcourt.

If history tells us two things it is this. The Raps stink on Friday nights and former Raptors always come back to bite us in the ass. So who will it be? JO or Moon? We can live with JO having a great game but it will deflate this season even more to see Moon beat us.

Anyways, here is everything you need to know for tonight’s game.

The Goods

  • While O’Neal and the Heat look for back-to-back wins for the first time since January, Toronto will try to rebound from a winless road trip Friday night with its seventh straight victory over Miami.
  • Miami is just 4-4 since it traded Marion and Marcus Banks to Toronto for O’Neal and Jamario Moon on Feb. 13.
  • Shawn Marion averaged 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds in his first five games with Toronto.
  • Toronto has dropped five of seven since the trade. The Raptors lost for the seventh time in eight road games Tuesday.
  • Chris Bosh is averaging 21.0 points and 9.0 rebounds as the Raptors have won both meetings with Miami this season.
  • The Raptors have the second-worst home record in the East at 12-16. Nine of Toronto’s next 11 games are at Air Canada Centre.
  • Jamario Moon’s production has spiked since the deal, averaging 9.8 points on 52.5 percent shooting after scoring 7.3 per game for Toronto. Moon is averaging 14.3 points since being inserted into the starting lineup three games ago.
  • The Heat are also hoping Luther Head can provide a scoring punch. Miami signed him for the rest of the season Wednesday after he was waived by Houston on Monday.
  • The Heat’s last win over Toronto was 92-89 on April 3, 2007, in Miami.

For Bettors

  • The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Toronto.
  • The under is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
  • The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
  • The Heat are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Toronto.
  • The Heat are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Prediction

Since it is not the Timberwolves, we are guessing the Raps lose this one. D-Wade will not let the Heat lose to Toronto and unless some crazy like Jason Kapono scoring 25 happens, the Raps are not winning. Miami takes it 91-85.

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