The daily preview it to the rim with NBA tips for as Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors aim to continue their solid starts to 2022.

NBA Tips – Toronto Raptors @ Miami Heat

11:30 (AEDT), Tue 18th Jan @ FTX Arena, Miami

History: Played 99: Heat 59 V Raptors 40

Last meeting: February 24, 2021: Heat 116 d Raptors 108 at American Airlines Arena

Final Thoughts: Eastern Conference rivals Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors square for the first time this season – and the 100th time in their history.

The 27-16 Heat are third in the East, only a couple of wins off top spot but with three teams breathing down their necks. They have won nine of their last 12, but a four-game tear – including a 23-point win in Phoenix and home and away defeats of the Hawks – was snapped by a 109-98 loss to the 76ers two days ago.

Stand-in big man Omer Yurtseven (22 pts, 11 reb) was a clear standout for Miami against Philadelphia. All Star center Bam Adebayo is being touted for a return from a six-week injury absence today, while Kyle Lowry has been ruled out. Tyler Herro continues to shine, averaging 20.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Jimmy Butler (22.6 pts, 5.7 reb, 5.7 ast), back from a recent three-game layoff, remains their marquee man.

The 21-19 Raptors are back in the black after winning seven of their last nine. The eighth-placed side’s revival got the wobbles last week with back-to-back losses to the Suns (99-95) and Pistons (103-87), but they carved out a 103-96 victory over the Bucks two days ago – their second already in 2022. Pascal Siakam (30 pts, 10 reb, 10 ast), who has rediscovered his All-Star best, outshone Giannis Antetokounmpo with a triple-double. Fred VanVleet, averaging 21.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.7 assists, has been their best across the season and picked up a recent Eastern Conference Player of the Week award.

The Heat have won four (all by margins of 8+) of the teams’ six clashes over the past two seasons.

The Heat are 13-5 at home (10-8 against the start), winning seven of their last eight at FTX Arena. The Raptors are 9-8 on the road (10-7 ATS).

With Lowry out, I like Toronto’s chances here. The Raptors have seemingly put a dreadful start to the season behind them and are eyeing off a move towards the top-six.

Best Bet: Handicap – Raptors +3 @ $1.90

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