The Raptors open the second half of their season on the road in Miami. This might be one of those “moral victory” nights, because I doubt anyone expects an actual victory…
Start time: 7:30 PM ET
Probable starting lineups
Toronto: Jose Calderon, DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson
Miami: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Udonis Haslem, Chris Bosh
Toronto: Andrea Bargnani and Jonas Valanciunas are still out, while Linas Kleiza and Mickael Pietrus are forever questionable
Miami: No injuries to report
- The Heat’s star power and the fact that they’re defending champions is well documented, but they’re also 16-3 at home and have been off since Thursday when they beat the Lakers in L.A. The Raptors are 4-17 on the road. In other words, while I hope I’m wrong, a line of Miami -10 might not even be enough.
- My prediction for tonight’s script is the usual story for the Raptors against a top team on the road. I can actually see the Raps keeping it close and possibly even holding a lead through the first half, especially with how lackadaisical the Heat come out against lower tier teams, but expect a big second half run from the Heat to put the game out of question and cover that 10-point spread.
- I know Bosh is playing as the five in a small lineup and Davis starts at the four, but we should still see a Davis vs. Bosh matchup at least a few times tonight, and frankly, I can’t wait. In other news, whenever I write glowingly about a Raptor, they usually end up posting a stinker in the next game, so here’s hoping that doesn’t happen to Ed tonight after this.