NBA Playoff Preview – Game 5: Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors (5/11)
Well, the average margin of victory in the series between Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors has been five points, so mostly it has been tight so far, and three of the four games have gone into overtime. But these contests have operated at a snail’s pace, and were not sure were going to get anything faster out of Game 5, which is scheduled to begin at 8:05 PM ET at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. What definitely IS fast and furious is Live Betting Ultra, which enables BetAnySports customers to place their wagers in real time against the NBA playoff odds, while the game is actually in progress.
As was the case in Game 4, both of these teams are without their big men. Jonas Valanciunas, who had been averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds and shooting 65% from the floor, will not be available for the rest of this series for the Raptors. Meanwhile, Hassan Whiteside is sitting out the second straight game for the purposes of rest and recuperation after spraining his MCL. Both of these guys have had a big impact on the series thus far. Whiteside was actually the most accurate-shooting NBA player in the post-season, at 68%. When you lose two high-percentage shooters like this, it has to have some impact on the overall offensive production. Indeed, only one of these four games has gone over the total.
In the NBA playoff betting odds posted on this game by the people at BetAnySports, Toronto is laying points:
Once again in Game 4, the Raptors had to deal with poor shooting out of their guards. Kyle Lowry, who had been so outstanding in Game 3 when Toronto pulled a mild upset at the American Airlines Arena, went cold again. He hit just two out of his 11 shots and was 0-6 from three-point territory. DeMar DeRozan missed 13 of his 17 shots on Monday, and you know, none of this has been all that unusual, when you look at the way these guys have played in the post-season. In this series, both of them are 35% accurate. When you think about it, Valanciunas was really the most dependable guy they had. And DeMarre Carroll has been steady, shooting 47.5%, including seven out of 16 from beyond the arc.
BetAnySports patrons haven’t seen dead-eye shooting out of the Heat either lately, as they have made just five out of their 33 attempts at triples. Dwayne Wade may have scored 30 points in Game 4, but the other four starters aside from him were just 38.5% from the field. And there’s not a lot of bench strength offensively for this team; Miami got just 19 points out of its reserves, while Toronto got 14 apiece from Terrence Ross and Cory Joseph.
As far as the technical trends are concerned, Miami has played nine of its last 10 games under the total, while Toronto has produced 10 unders in its last dozen contests. The Raptors have covered just one out of their last eight games, while the Heat have put together a covering effort in each of their last three road outings. Toronto shoots 45.3% at home this season, averaging 103.7 points. But it looks like the pace of this series is not going to allow such a high total. These teams have a Pace Factor of 85.9, which would put them below – and we mean WAY below – the slowest team in the NBA this season.
In the series, Toronto is -145 and the Heat are +125 at BetAnySports, you can get a free play bonus to your liking and then enjoy the opportunity for reduced juice on all of your hoops action. When it comes to deposits, they have a number of different options, including the virtual currency of Bitcoin, and the payouts are about as fast as you’re going to get in the industry!