RAPTORS (46-32) AT HEAT (35-44)
When/Where: 7:30 p.m., AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami
TV/Radio: Sun Sports and NBA TV/FM 104.3, AM 790 and MIX 98.3FM (Spanish)
Series: Heat leads the all-time series 48-22 and 28-8 in games played in Miami. Heat is 1-1 against the Raptors this season. The Raptors snapped its 16-game losing streak to the Heat on March 13 and can now win the season series between the two teams for the first time since 2008. The last time the Raptors defeated the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena was Nov.19, 2008.
Line: Opened at Heat by 3. Heat now favored by 3 1/2.
INJURIES: Chris Andersen (left foot sprain), Luol Deng (left knee sprain), Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) and Dwyane Wade (hip/knee pain) are probable; Henry Walker (right knee soreness) is out; Chris Bosh (blood clot), Josh McRoberts (right knee meniscus) and Shabazz Napier (sports hernia) are out for the season. For the Raptors, Amir Johnson (sprained right ankle) is out.
SCOUTING REPORT: With three games left in the regular season, the Heat desperately needs a victory on Saturday night. The Heat has three games left in the regular season and now trails the Nets and Celtics by two games in the loss column after both teams won in convincing fashion on Friday night. The Pacers are earned an important victory, which further complicated the Eastern Conference playoff race. It's not a true must-win scenario for the Heat, but another loss could doom the Heat's playoff chances all the same.
While the Nets and Celtics enjoyed games on Friday against teams resting players or preparing for the playoffs, the Heat has no such luck on Saturday against the Raptors. Toronto can secure home-court advantage in the playoffs with a victory against the Heat.
The Raptors are averaging almost 10 points per game more than the Heat this season. The Heat is 28th in the league in points per game (94.4), 24th in three-point field goal percentage (.335) and last in rebounding (38.9). The Heat has lost five of its last six games and eight of its last 11. The Raptors won in dramatic fashion on Friday night in Orlando with Sixth Man of the Year candidate Lou Williams hitting a game-winning three-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining.
NOTE: Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry isn't expected to play more than 30 minutes, according to Toronto coach Dwane Casey. Lowry recently missed time to recover from several injuries caused by the wear and tear of the season. He played 33 minutes on Friday against the Magic. Casey said Lowry might have played too many minutes against Orlando, but the Raptors needed the win to help secure home-court advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
Heat: Luol Deng, Udonis Haslem, Hassan Whiteside, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic
Raptors: Terrence Ross, Tyler Hansbrough, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry
The Nets, Celtics and Pacers all won on Friday night...Tonight's games that will affect the Heat's playoff push...
Raptors at Heat, 7:30 p.m...NOTE: The Heat holds playoff tiebreakers against the Nets and Celtics. The Pacers hold a playoff tiebreaker against the Heat.
Heat's remaining schedule...
Sunday's games that will affect the Heat's playoff push...
Nets at Milwaukee Bucks, 3 p.m...NOTE: The combination of a Heat loss to the Raptors and a Nets victory against the Bucks would ensure the Nets finished the regular season with a better record than the Heat.
Nets remaining games...
Cavaliers at Boston Celtics, 3 p.m...NOTE: The combination of a Heat loss to the Raptors and a Celtics victory against the Cavaliers would ensure the Celtics finished the regular season with a better record than the Heat. LeBron James could sit out Sunday against the Celtics.
Celtics remaining schedule...
Thunder at Indiana Pacers, 6 p.m...NOTE: The Pacers hold a playoff tiebreaker against the Heat.
Pacers remaining schedule...