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NBA Betting – Thursday Picks – Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat

Before nba betting fans turn their attention to more sports betting events this weekend, we have the NBA doubleheader on Thursday night. It’s time for our weekly hoops picks for NBA gambling action.


Time: Thursday 8 ET
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami
Spread: Lakers -2
Over/Under: 188

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It makes sense, in a way, that the Miami Heat appear to have no idea how to deal with adversity. Last summer’s predictions of multiple NBA championships just did not take into account the possibility of 5-game losing streaks and the inability to make plays down the stretch of games. Didn’t take into account that there are actually a few other players in the league that are pretty good, didn’t take into account that opponents would like nothing better than to stick it to James, Wade and Bosh. The three amigos are like the big kids at recess who make their own team and defy any other schoolyard team to beat them.

Now that things are going bad, they are now the confused schoolyard bullies turning on each other. Bosh says he’s ticked that he doesn’t get the ball where he wants it (on the block), Wade sulks that fans are happy when the Heat get beaten, and James keeps on keepin’ on, knowing that he can veto any change in the way he plays his game. Coach Erik Spoelstra looks on powerlessly as James dribbles constantly while four teammates stand beyond the 3-point line.

Defensively, the perimeter players try to help an overmatched front line, but that just leaves opposing outside shooters wide open. Sports Betting at Sportsbook.com

It doesn’t help that the Heat are in the midst of an 11-game stretch against teams with winning records. There are 6 more to go, starting with tonight’s game against the Lakers. A team that just cannot seem to beat decent teams somehow has to figure out a way to turn things around in a hurry, and there seem to be no answers.

Fingers were also being pointed at the Lakers after a 3-game losing streak in mid-February, but LA bashers have been silenced by an 8-game winning streak they take into tonight’s game. Most impressively, 5 of the 8 wins have been on the road. And despite all the talk about the Lakers getting old, they are actually on pace to win more regular-season games than they did last season.


LAL are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
LAL are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Thu. games.
Under is 27-10-1 in LAL last 38 Thu. games.
Over is 9-1 in MIA last 10 vs. Western Conference.

Best bets: A sign of how far the Heat have fallen is obvious in tonight’s line. Miami gives 2, and it’s the first time all season that the Heat have been home dogs. The Heat have failed to cover in any of their last 7 games, and they are 1-8 in their last 9 and 2-9 in their last 11 ATS.

Never bet on a streak to end, especially against a decent Lakers team that has a big front line and will be motivated on a national stage. LA +2 and the under.

Lawrence Paul is a regular contributor to the Cappers Picks Blog, and is a free-lance gambling and travel expert from Massachusetts.



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