The Toronto Raptors will be looking to improve their unblemished straight-up record on home hardwood to 10-0 on Tuesday night when they host the surging Miami Heat as 4.5-point favourites on the NBA odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto continued its dominating play at home with a crushing 130-110 win over the Utah Jazz, and now rides a seven-game SU win streak into Tuesday night’s Heat vs. Raptors betting matchup at Scotiabank Arena.
The Raptors enjoyed a huge first half in their victory over Utah as two-point home favourites, piling up 77 points on their way to their fifth straight against-the-spread win on home court. That extends a high-scoring trend at home, with the team averaging over 120.5 points through their first nine home dates, and generating a 7-2 run for the over in totals betting.
The team also received a lift with the return from injury of Serge Ibaka in Sunday’s contest. Ibaka was used sparingly in his first action since Nov. 8, recording 13 points in 21 minutes of work off the bench. In addition, Kyle Lowry is getting close to returning from a thumb injury that has also sidelined him since Nov. 8. Lowry’s return would be timely for the Raptors, who are unbeaten in eight straight home dates against Miami with the veteran guard in the lineup.
Despite nearing a return to full health and enjoying their longest SU win streak of the season, the Raptors have yet to make a breakthrough on the NBA betting futures. The team has climbed to a +250 bet on the odds to win the Atlantic Division, but continues to lag behind the favourites on the NBA championship odds as a +1600 wager to successfully defend their title.
The Heat travel to Toronto on a high after opening a three-game road trip with a narrow 109-106 win in Brooklyn as 4.5-point chalk on Sunday. Overall, Miami has won SU in eight of its past 10 outings, and sits just one game back of the Raptors in the Eastern Conference standings. The Heat, however, have struggled at times on the road during the early going of the season, falling to defeat in two contests prior to Sunday’s win over the Nets, and have failed to cover in each of their past three dates away from American Airlines Arena.
Miami has also struggled at times to generate offence on the road. The Heat have averaged just 101.2 points per game over their past six road dates, and have seen the under go 6-2-1 in their past nine away contests according to the OddsShark NBA Database.