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Toronto Raptors (16-15) at Miami Heat (25-8)

January 5th, 2014 at 1:31 PM
By Andrew McIntyre

The Toronto Raptors are taking their talents to South Beach tonight as they square off against the Miami Heat. The Raptors have won five in a row, while the Heat have won three of their last four. Both teams are 9-2 in their last 11 games. This is the third of four meetings between the teams. The Heat have won the first two games.

Here are some notes for tonight's game:

  • The Raptors are coming off a season-high 29 assist performance against Washington on Friday. Ball movement will once again be very important against a tough Miami defense. The Heat average a league-best 9.67 steals per game.
  • Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has four double-doubles in his last five games. He continues to be the leader of this team and is always putting his teammates in a better position to score. Lowry's leadership and intensity has been a key part of the team's success over the last month.
  • Since becoming a starter on December 10, Raptors guard Terrence Ross is averaging 14 points per game. Ross has hit 33 three pointers during that stretch, including a career-high seven three's against the New York Knicks on December 28. He has also done a great job on the defensive end, battling with some of the league's best players.
  • The Heat are the worst rebounding team in the NBA, averaging 36.24 rebounds per game. The Raptors will need to attack the glass on both ends and try to capitalize on Miami's weakness.
  • The Heat lead the NBA shooting 51.2% from the floor. They also are amongst the best at shooting the three, with the likes of Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers leading the way.
  • Heat forward LeBron James is averaging 25.2 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game and 6.6 assists per game.
  • Shane Battier missed the Heat's last game with a quad injury, while Dwyane Wade has been sitting out one game during a back-to-back. It is unknown if either player will be in the lineup tonight.

Projected Starters

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas

Miami Heat: Mario Chalmers, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, Chris Bosh

Tonight's game starts at 6 pm. ET and can be seen on TSN.

Let's Go Raptors!


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