First-place Raptors host Heat as big Tuesday betting favourites

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The Toronto Raptors will try to extend their lead atop the NBA Eastern Conference standings with a sixth straight victory on Tuesday when they play host to the Miami Heat as 8.5-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

Toronto is coming off a decisive 123-103 win in Charlotte as a 3.5-point favourite on Sunday to move past the Boston Celtics and claim top spot in the conference with a narrow half-game lead going into Tuesday night’s Heat versus Raptors betting matchup at Air Canada Centre.

It was a welcome victory over the Hornets for Toronto, which has produced a middling 5-5 straight-up record in its past 10 road games. However, the Raptors have been simply dominant on the hardwood at Air Canada Centre, winning six straight, including five by double-digit margins, and have amassed an NBA-best 23-4 SU record at home.

The Raptors have been equally dominant at the sportsbooks during their current five-game SU surge, covering in each of those contests to end a shaky 2-7 run against the spread.

But despite owning the third-best record in the NBA, behind just Golden State and Houston, the Raptors continue to lag on the NBA championship odds at a distant +2000.

While the Raptors soar, the Heat limp into Toronto with just one win in their past six contests, a run that threatens to derail their playoff hopes. Miami is coming off a 91-85 win over Milwaukee as a 1-point home favourite on Friday in a game that marked the return of Dwyane Wade to the fold, but they have struggled on the road of late, going 3-6 SU in their past nine.

However, the Heat have fared well at the sportsbooks in recent road dates, going 6-3 ATS, and have covered in 10 of their past 13 while pegged as road underdogs by eight or more points while picking up the outright victory in four of their past eight.

Miami also posted a 90-89 win as a 4-point underdog in a road date with the Raptors on January 8, but have otherwise struggled in visits to Toronto, where the Raptors are 8-2 SU and 6-4 ATS over their past 10 meetings according to the OddsShark NBA Database.

Following Tuesday’s contest the Raptors return to action on Wednesday in Chicago before enjoying nine days off over the All-Star break. The Raptors have taken four straight from the Bulls, including a 124-115 win at the United Center as 4.5-point chalk that marked their first SU and ATS win in the Windy City since December 2013.

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