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
- Average Wins Produced Per 48 Minutes: 0.154 (see the Heat Produced page)
- Average Possessions Per Game: 91.5 (see basketball-reference.com)
- Days Rest: One (last game was 112-107 loss to Boston Celtics on 11/11/10)
- Location: American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL (low altitude)
- Toronto Raptors
- Average Wins Produced Per 48 Minutes: 0.076 (according to the Wins Produced Viewer)
- Average Possessions Per Game: 95.9
- Days Rest: Zero (last game was a 110-106 win in Orlando on 11/12/10)
There are several big questions surrounding the Heat in this game, but the biggest one will be whether or not Chris Bosh can breakout 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.
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 match-up 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.