Miami (3-3) at Toronto (3-3)
When: Sunday, May 15th 2016
Where: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Time: 3:35 ET | TV: ABC
Both the Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors will be playing their second Game 7 of this postseason when the two teams meet Sunday afternoon in Toronto. The Heat came back from a 3-2 deficit to knock off the Charlotte Hornets in round one, but must go on the road for this Game 7 tilt. Miami went with a very small lineup in Game 6 with center Hassan Whiteside still nursing a sprained MCL and rolled to a 103-91 victory. With Whiteside out, the Heat also decided to sit power forwards Amar’e Stoudemire and Udonis Haslem and instead go with small forwards Luol Deng, Justise Winslow and Joe Johnson. Deng only had two points in 40 minutes, but managed a team-high eight rebounds while Winslow and Johnson combined for 25 points. Goran Dragic was the offensive star with 30 points on 12-of-21 shooting, while Dwayne Wade added 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists.
The Raptors will be looking to advance to the franchise’s first every Conference finals and guard Kyle Lowry is excited about the opportunity. “This is going to be fun,” Lowry told reporters. “It’s Game 7, (No. 2 seed) versus No. 3 and a good opportunity to play on one of the biggest stages there is. Time to just go out there and hoop.” Lowry and fellow guard DeMar DeRozan continued their excellent play of late and were the only two Toronto players in double-figures. Lowry led all Game 6 scorers with 36 points and DeRozan added 23. Toronto was without its starting center as well (Jonas Valanciunas, ankle) but elevated reserve center Bismack Biyombo into the starting lineup. Biyombo only managed four points on four shots, but led all players with 13 rebounds and had two blocked shots. Toronto’s bench only registered 15 points and will need a little more out them for Game 7.
This has been one tough series to predict. Just when you think one team has the momentum, the other team takes it back. Miami was more impressive in their round one Game 7 victory than Toronto was. The Heat have a little more experience. This will be a close game, so I have to take the points.
Pick: Heat +4.5