The Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Hornets two games in a row to win their Round 1 NBA Playoff series 4 to 3. Now, the Heat takes on the number 2 seeded Toronto Raptors in the second round of the Eastern Conference. The Raptors took down the Indiana Pacers 4 to 3 in their Round 1 series. The 7-game series between the Raptors and the Heat starts on May 3 at 8:00 pm ET.
— The Globe and Mail (@globeandmail) May 3, 2016
How To Bet The Toronto Raptors vs Miami Heat NBA Playoff Best Of Seven Series
Toronto needed 7 games in order to beat the Pacers. It was a tough road for the Raptors who went a terrible 2 and 5 ATS in those 7 games. The Raptors went 0 and 4 ATS in the final 4 games of the series. Miami was much better against the spread in the final 2 games of their series against Charlotte. The Heat went 2 and 0 ATS by shattering the spread in Game 6 and Game 7.
Why Bet The Miami Heat to Win the Series
Because Miami’s defense really stepped it up in the final 2 games of the series win over Charlotte. In Game 6, the Heat held Charlotte to 42.1% from the field. The Hornets made 32 of 76 shots. Miami kept Charlotte’s 3-point shooters off balance. The Hornets only made 5 out of 17 three-point shots. That’s less than 30%. In Game 7, the Hornets shot 32.1% from the field and 33.3% from three. Charlotte made only 27 of 84 shots from the field. The Heat won 106 to 73.
Why Bet The Toronto Raptors to Win the Series
Toronto’s defense really picked it up versus the Pacers in Round 1. In a 102 to 99 win over Indiana on April 26, the Raptors forced the Pacers into 14 turnovers. That’s how the Raptors won such a close game. In a game 7, the Raptors forced the Pacers into 13 turnovers. That allowed Toronto to build a 16 point lead. They held on for an 89 to 84 win over Indiana.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Forget the regular season games. The Miami Heat suffered through injuries during the entire regular season. The Heat’s defense didn’t play nearly as well during the regular season as it has during the playoffs.
Miami shut down Charlotte’s ability to score. The Pacers didn’t shut down Indiana’s ability to score. They forced turnovers. There’s a difference. With Dwayne Wade and Goran Dragic in the back court, the Heat isn’t likely to turn the ball over more than 10 games in any game during this series.
There’s a bigger issue if Toronto can’t force turnovers. Paul George and the Indiana Pacers shot close to 50% from the field in many games versus Toronto in Round 1. Wade can have George like moments in this series. So can Joe Johnson, Goran Dragic, and Luol Deng. Hasan Whiteside is a better player in the paint than anybody on Toronto’s team.
I like Miami to win in 7.