The Toronto Raptors have a new look after their midweek trade and it’s so far, so good for the Commonwealth’s finest since the arrival of Rudy Gay from Memphis. Losing the hugely under-rated Jose Calderon will be more of a blow for the Raps than most think but in their 98-73 defeat of the Los Angeles Clippers two days ago, Gay came off the bench to score 20 - which suggests it won’t be long before he is moved into the starting line-up.
That could even happen as soon as Sunday. The Miami Heat visit the Air Canada Centre where Toronto are 12-11 this season. The visitors are a surprisingly poor 11-11 on the road and they’ll be wary of Toronto’s defensive prowess after they severely limited the Clippers.
The Heat come off a sloppy loss to Indiana and they’re just 1-2 on their current road swing. Miami are favoured by -4.5 on the handicap but don’t write off the Raptors, especially if the total points stay under the line of 195.0.
The Clippers' problems have been stacking up with a 5-5 record over their last ten including defeats to strugglers like Toronto and Phoenix. They’ve only racked up 100 points once in their last five – in a loss to Portland – and while some of their drop can be attributed to the absence of Chris Paul, they’ve been much less efficient at both ends of the floor.
On Sunday they visit Boston, who have won three straight since Rajon Rondo was lost for the season. The hosts will be looking to avenge their 106-77 humbling at the Clips hands last month. The Celtics are -1.0 on the handicap but with both sides missing their chief playmaker, take under the points line of 184.0, available at 1.91.
Bet of the day: Take under 195.0 total points in Toronto-Miami