The Toronto Raptors can advance to the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history with a win on Friday when they visit the Miami Heat for Game 6 of their second-round series as 4-point underdogs at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Toronto rebounded from a stunning 94-87 overtime loss in Game 4 to take command of the series with a 99-91 win at home on Wednesday, lifting them to -350 chalk on the NBA series prices ahead of Friday night’s Raptors vs. Heat betting matchup at American Airlines Arena.
Game 5 featured a long-awaited breakthrough for the Raptors’ all-star backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, who combined for 59 points after previously underachieving in the postseason.
Toronto covered as 4.5-point home favorites in Game 5, marking just their second against the spread victory in their past nine games, and their first ATS win at Air Canada Centre since Game 2 of their opening-round clash with the Indiana Pacers.
While the Raptors have struggled to put up points, they have proven effective at containing opposing offenses, surrendering just 92.33 points per game in their past six, and have seen the point total play UNDER in nine of their past 13 games, according to the OddsShark NBA Database.
With their loss on Wednesday, the Heat must now overcome a 3-2 series deficit for the second time this spring.
Miami came up big when facing elimination in their first-round series with Charlotte, handing the Hornets a pair of straight up and ATS defeats to take the series in seven games, but face an uphill battle against a Raptors squad which they have been unable to string consecutive SU wins against over their past 11 meetings.
The Heat are a meager 2-3 SU and ATS in their past five home dates with Toronto, but look to build on their current 10-2 SU and ATS run on home court.
Following their four-game sweep of the Atlanta Hawks, the Cleveland Cavaliers await the winner of the Raptors vs. Heat series trailing only the Golden State Warriors on the odds to win the NBA championship, sporting a strengthened betting line of +250.
The Warriors continue to lead the way as -150 chalk ahead of their Western Conference Finals matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, who advanced with a 112-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of their second-round series but are just 1-6 SU in their past seven games against the Warriors.
Toronto sits well back of the NBA championship betting favorites at +4000, but remain ahead of the Heat, who trail as distant +10000 longshots to claim their third NBA title since 2011.