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Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors Betting Preview

Written by Gaby Varji   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:05

Miami Heat vs. Toronto Raptors oddsThe Sunday slate this upcoming weekend in the NBA involves a game in which the Miami Heat will try to continue a winning streak... no, not the big one, but a 10-game run against Toronto.

Miami Heat @ Toronto Raptors – Sunday, March 17

In the realm of sport betting online, this game on Sunday looks like the easiest betting play in the world on the surface. For bookies who take in a lot of action on NBA basketball, this game is going to be a fascinating event, a chance to see how the odds do - or don't - hold up.

Examining BSNsportsblog.com reviews during an NBA season will give bettors a lot of information to work with, but how much of it should one take into consideration here? Miami would certainly seem to hold all the right cards if this basketball battle were analogized to a game of online poker.

After all, Miami whacked Toronto in Canada on a Sunday afternoon (this game is an afternoon tip on Saint Patrick's Day in Ontario...) several weeks ago, blitzing the Raptors on Super Bowl Sunday, 100-85. Miami has won 10 straight games against Toronto, something which can be closely connected to the fact that Chris Bosh, a former Raptor and now a core member of the Heat's championship squad, does not want to lose to his old team. When you couple Miami's long overall winning streak with its team-specific winning streak against Toronto, you will find it hard to think that the Raptors can win this game.

 

Yet, aren't streaks made to be broken?

The fascinating thing about long winning trends, especially in the NBA or the NHL (as was seen with the Chicago Blackhawks in recent weeks), is that they eventually end. Therefore, the longer a streak continues, the better the odds are that the streak will cease to exist on a given night. Miami has had a lot of close shaves during its long winning period, and against Toronto, the Heat's 10-game winning streak included an overtime win on Jan. 23 in Miami, on a night when the Raptors outplayed the Heat over the course of 48 regulation-time minutes before bowing in the extra period. Toronto is going to be very intent on winning this game. Yes, it's true that wanting a game means little if one's talent is deficient, but Miami has poured forth so much effort over the past month that it might finally run on empty.

Should you bet on Toronto to win this game? No, you trust streaks until they're finally broken. Moreover, you should realize that as long as Chris Bosh plays for the Heat, he is going to be motivated to remain unbeaten agaisnt his former team. However, as a bettor, you should exercise at least some caution here. Don't bet the mortgage on the Heat. Make a cautious play so that if the Raptors pull the upset, you won't get taken to the cleaners. Miami will win by no more than two scores (six points) on Sunday in Canada.

 
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