The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers meet Saturday in NBA action at the Staples Center.
The Miami Heat look for a win after splitting their last 12 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 107.2 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 45 percent shooting. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.8 points and 9.3 rebounds while Jimmy Butler is averaging 19.1 points and 7.7 assists. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and Goran Dragic is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 78.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.3 rebounds per game.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.4 points on 48.7 percent shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 45 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.5 points and three assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.3 rebounds per game.
The Heat are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Lakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Lakers last 7 overall. The Heat are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The Miami Heat will be motivated for this contest given it was the Lakers that beat them in the NBA Finals. The Los Angeles Lakers are also undermanned without AD on the floor, but the Heat have yet to prove they can beat good teams, and they lose by an average of 4.8 points on the road and 12.5 points in the underdog role. I wouldn’t be shocked if the Heat came together and won this game, but they’ve looked nothing like the team from last year and I have a hard time in assuming things will change. I need to see it. Until then, give me the Lakers.