The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors enter tonight's game in surprising roles. The Heat have lost two home games in a row while the Raptors are trying to be the second underdog this week to sweep through the state of Florida after last night's defeat of the Orlando Magic.
Based on the formula for determining a team's probability of winning a single game, the Heat have a 96.6 percent chance of beating the Raptors and sending their two-game losing streak into extinction.
Here's a breakdown of the numbers used to determine the Heat's probability of winning:
- Miami Heat
- Toronto Raptors
There are several big questions surrounding the Heat in this game, but the biggest one will be whether or not Chris Bosh can break out of his own two-game slump and dominate his old team after being outplayed by Paul Millsap and Kevin Garnett this week. The figure below illustrates how Bosh's performance this season compares to the replacement power forwards in Toronto, Reggie Evans and Amir Johnson.
|Statistics||Chris Bosh||Reggie Evans||Amir Johnson||Average PF|
|Points per shot||0.97||0.46||1.26||1.00|
|Adj. Shooting %||49%||23%||63%||50%|
|Free Throw %||79%||44%||89%||76%|
|Free Throw Attempts||6.9||3.5||5.9||5.2|
It looks like the Raptors have not missed Bosh at all so far, and he has another uphill battle coming his way in the paint tonight, but I don't think Toronto will be able to exploit that matchup enough to win the game.
Predicted score: Heat 105, Raptors 92
Stats for the Raptors were taken from the NBeh? blog. Chris Bosh's stats were taken from the Heat Produced page.
For more information on Win Score and Wins Produced see the article Wins Produced vs. Win Score.