This was much lower earlier today, but the Heat have ruled out All-Star Jimmy Butler (22.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.1 apg) in the front end of a back-to-back. Toronto has an opportunity to return to the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 9 when it was 13-13 and without Butler should accomplish that.
When playing props, I like a little risk, especially if it comes with some extra juice. At better than even-money, betting VanVleet to exceed 11.5 rebounds+assists might be worth the squeeze. After all, in two early-season games against Miami, he had 12 and 13 combined in these categories and since January has averaged 4.4 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. In March, Toronto's point guard is averaging a season-high 8.6 APG. With a hefty over/under of 219 in this game, points should be plentiful and I expect VanVleet to record at least nine assists for the 7th time in 13 games. Similarly, he's recorded at least three rebounds in 10 of 12 March games to date.
The Raptors have won nine of their last 10 games at home, which has helped put them in a better position to make the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference. Oddly enough, this will be just the fifth road game over the last month for the Heat. They have struggled away from Miami, recording a 15-21 record on the road. Look for the Raptors to take advantage of being at home to earn a victory in this matchup.