Toronto hosts Heat as Miami looks to end recent road woes

The Miami Heat continued their dominance at the AmericanAirlines Arena last night, coming away with a convincing 21-point victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately, the Heat are going right back on the road for a couple games, with the first one coming tonight against the Toronto Raptors. Miami will look to break their 2-game road losing streak against a Toronto team that is having a pretty rough season.

With just 15 games remaining in their season, the Raptors are running out of time to make a late push for the playoffs. They are currently trailing 8th place New York by nine games, and have three teams in between themselves and the Knicks to climb over, so its highly unlikely that they'll be playing past the regular season. Still, the Heat need to make sure they bring their A-game in order to get a win away from home.

Miami has struggled quite a bit of late while traveling away from South Florida. They've lost 6 of their last 8 games on the road, and it would be a big step in the right direction if they can come away with a couple of wins on this trip. Following their game in Toronto tonight, they head to Boston for a Sunday matinee with the Celtics. After that they come home for a nice long 5-game homestand.

One area that has seen Miami struggle lately is on offense. Before last nights win over Dallas, the Heat hadn't cracked the 100-point plateau in their previous six games. That changed against the Mavericks though, as Miami put up an impressive 36 points in the 2nd quarter en route to a 60-point first half. It certainly helps when you have six different players score in double figures, a trend that will hopefully continue for the Heat on this road trip.

GAME NOTES

  • The Heat are 15-11 on the road. Toronto is 9-16 at home.
  • Miami has won six straight games against the Raptors, including their last two visits to Toronto.
  • This is the 14th time that the Heat has played back-to-back games this season. So far they are 6-7 on the second night of those sets.
  • Miami won their only meeting with the Raptors this season, and they'll play each other one more time after tonight.
  • Toronto had lost 5 of their last 6 games before beating the visiting Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
  • Mike Miller (ankle) remains out for the Heat.
  • As for the Raptors, guard Jerryd Bayless (oblique) is out, while center Solomon Alabi (flu) and forward James Johnson (flu) are questionable.

Tipoff from the Air Canada Centre is set for 7pm. The game will be broadcast locally on Sun Sports.

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