Raptors host the Heat
February 03, 2013 12:16:08 UK
The Toronto Raptors will look to build on their surprisingly easy victory over the Los Angeles Clippers when they welcome in the Eastern Conference leaders on Sunday.
Dwane Casey's Toronto face the heat.
The Heat arrives in town after losing to the Indiana Pacers at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Friday evening. David West led all scorers with 30-points on 12-of-15 shooting as the Pacers hit almost 56 from the field.
Just 11-11 on the road this season Miami completes their four game road trip with the visit to Toronto and will host the Charlotte Bobcats back at the American Airlines Arena in South Florida on Monday.
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For the Raptors, the Boston Celtics are in town on Wednesday, an important matchup as Toronto looks to leverage the acquisition of Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies into a second half push for a post-season place.
With the Super Bowl the focus of the nation, not to mention the world, the NBA has just three games on the slate. Both the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers are in action with the Clips in Boston and the Detroit Pistons hosting Kobe Bryant and company at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Still five games under .500 the Lakers are coming off an 11-point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Friday.
Pau Gasol started in place of an ailing Dwight Howard, who did not play because of a bad shoulder, and led the way with 22 points and 12 boards part of a strong rebounding effort that saw LA grab 17 more off the glass than their hosts.
The Raptors are 10001.00 to win the NBA Championship, with the Heat 1.30.
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