May 20, 2024

 

Raptors Host Miami Heat for the Last Matchup of the Season: Where to View, Injury Updates, and More

On Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET, the Toronto Raptors will host Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat at Scotiabank Arena. VIEWING OPTIONS The game will be broadcasted on Sportsnet and TSN 1050 in Toronto, while Bally Sports Sun and AM 560 Sports WQAM will cover it for Miami. KEY POINTS TO WATCH The Raptors have identified Scottie Barnes as their primary defensive stalwart since the OG Anunoby trade, likely assigning him the task of defending Jimmy Butler on Wednesday. Toronto’s challenge lies in getting Barnes involved offensively while managing his demanding defensive responsibilities.

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Jontay Porter continues to shine as Toronto’s temporary center in the absence of Jakob Poeltl. Navigating pick-and-pop scenarios with Porter, a superior three-point shooter compared to other Raptors’ center options, remains a focal point for the team. Although Kyle Lowry has indicated that this won’t be his final NBA season, the 37-year-old is approaching the twilight of his career, making Wednesday’s game his last appearance in Toronto with the Heat this season—an opportunity for fans to witness the greatest Raptors player of all time, at least for this year. INJURY UPDATES Gary Trent Jr. and Gradey Dick are listed as questionable for Toronto, while Jakob Poeltl, Otto Porter Jr., and Christian Koloko are still sidelined. Miami’s Jamie Jaquez Jr., Kevin Love, and Dru Smith are all unavailable due to injuries. GAME ODDS The Raptors enter the game as +2.5 point underdogs, with a 47.6% implied probability of winning. The total score for the game is set at 227.5 points.

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