Miami (2-2) at Toronto (2-2)
When: Wednesday, May 11th 2016
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 8:05 ET | TV: TNT
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors will try and break their Eastern Conference Semifinals tie in Game 5 tonight from Air Canada Centre. Three of the first four games this series have been decided in overtime including Monday’s 94-87 Heat victory to even the best-of-seven series. Dwyane Wade has been the best player in the series and showed it again with 30 points on 13-of-24 shooting on Monday. Miami was 1-of-15 from 3-point range in Game 4 and trailed by nine points midway through the fourth quarter before Wade brought the team back and forced overtime on a driving layup with 12.6 seconds left. The Heat were playing without center Hassan Whiteside (knee) and had only three players reach double figures in scoring in an inconsistent offensive performance outside of Wade. Whiteside will not make the trip for Game 5 as he continues to receive treatment for his sprained MCL. Goran Dragic is shooting 54.5% (6-for-11) from long-range this series after shooting just 31.2% during the regular season. He also has six or more rebounds in five of the last seven games – he averaged 3.8 this year.
All-Star Kyle Lowry couldn’t put together solid back-to-back games after scoring 33 in Game 3. He was limited to just 10 points on 2-for-11 shooting including missing all six of his three-point attempts. He did have series highs of 9 assists and 7 rebounds, but fouled-out late in the fourth quarter. DeMar DeRozan slumped to nine points on 4-of-17 shooting in Game 4 and is shooting 35% in the series. DeRozan injured his thumb in Game 2 and was clearly off with his shot in the last two games, though he was reluctant to place all of the blame for his struggles on the injury. “It’s the feeling of being uncomfortable and not doing the things that you normally do with gripping the ball and everything,” DeRozan told reporters. “It’s nothing I’ll ever make an excuse about, but like I said, I know for sure I’m not going to shoot like I did (Monday in our) next game. I know that for a fact.” Center Bismack Biyombo started Game 4 in place of the injured Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) and contributed 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Both of these teams are really inconsistent and neither will give the Cavaliers any trouble in the next round. Wade is going to have to get more help and I think Dragic has a big game tonight. The Toronto guard play is just horrible right now. Expect another close game, so let’s take the points.
Pick: Heat +4.5