Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat - 1/9/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Well, last night, Joe Harris makes a three-pointer with 1:45 to go and Dwane decides it's time to use one of his two timeouts; it worked because they, of course, ran something for DeRozan and he made a layup but it also meant they didn't have a full complement of timeouts in the harried final 60 seconds. DeRozan leads in points and in steals (1.2) per game while Valanciunas tops in rebounds (7.8).

DeRozan set a franchise record with a 52-point performance in an overtime win over Milwaukee on New Year's Day.

Off the court, he has been dealing with family issues recently.

That's because Kyle Lowry took a scary fall during overtime.

DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry form a dynamic partnership in the Raptors' backcourt, both earning All-Star nods the last two seasons. But Toronto only really took off this season after inserting rookie wing OG Anunoby into the starting lineup in mid-November. That matched the largest deficit James has ever faced in the regular season, since a game at Orlando on April 3, 2009.

For Tuesday, it would seem unlikely he plays, though the team hasn't posted their game notes for their meeting with the Miami Heat. He's a general on the floor, he sees things. Nobody cares. I know Miami didn't care.

On the season, the Heat are averaging 100.9 points, 41.2 rebounds and 21.3 assists per game.

"His maturity level is off the charts for a rookie", Casey said. They've won 73 percent of their games and boast top-notch offensive and defensive ratings. While it could merely be a bruise or something that is a painful but temporary setback, the Raptors may play it cautious with their point guard nonetheless.

With Kyle Lowry missing today's game due to an injury sustained last night, Delon Wright will draw the start and assume a ton of Lowry's minutes. The Raptors are hustling as a team, with every single player doing their part. The NBA announced the suspensions were for "throwing punches at one another". DeRozan has usually been the one on the court with the bench players, and the results have been incredibly positive.

It was the only basket of the second half for Ellington, who finished with 15 points.

Toronto ranks fifth in fast break points per game (14.1) while Brooklyn ranks 15th (10.4).

"You've got to continue to do whatever it is you need to do". "We're trying to bring a little heat out there".

With the win, Toronto, the East's second seed, improved to 28-10 and are tied with the Boston Celtics in the loss column.

"It's been like that ever since I've been here", Powell told The Comeback. "'I think that was defused by the time I got there. It keeps us hungry, keeps us working".

"Because for 23 years he has built championship-contending teams in different ways".

The Heat have been on a 6-2 surge in a span in which they have played seven of eight games at home.