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(11-20) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (9-20)
Date: Thursday December 22
Time: 8:00 PM EST
Venue: American Airlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: OFF
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 208
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Two of the iconic names in the NBA world who are in the midst of huge struggling years meet on Thursday as the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat battle it out.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are an exciting, young team.
However, with their youth comes a lot of growing pains.
They’re enduring quite a few right now as they enter play on Thursday losers in 10 of their last 11 games after losing to Charlotte 117-113 Tuesday night. The loss was their 5th road game on a 7 game swing, as they’ll wrap things up with visits to Miami and Orlando over the next two days.
The Lakers also received some bad news following the loss to Charlotte.
F Larry Nance Jr will be out indefinitely after injuring his knee. An MRI revealed a bone bruise, but with a lot of the knee haven been swollen, the MRI was completely clear.
He’ll have to wait for the swelling to go down before he has any sort of basketball activities.
The loss hurts the Lakers big time, as they continue to battle injuries here in 2016.
The Miami Heat have been equally as bad as the Lakers this season.
However, one guy is taking the NBA by storm for them as Hassan Whiteside has just been downright filthy. His impressive nights continue to get overlooked, as the Heat just aren’t playing well as a whole and losing games.
Whiteside matched his career high with 32 points in a double overtime loss to the Magic.
Whiteside also threw in 15 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to his resume in the loss, as he continues to absolutely tear the NBA up.
Josh Richardson continues to battle a wrist injury and it’s showing on the court. Richardson has shot just 8 for 33 over his last 3 games.
Miami has won 7 of the last 8 in the series, but did lose the last meeting in overtime back in March.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Lakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. NBA Southeast.
- Lakers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. Eastern Conference.
- Lakers are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 Thursday games.
- Heat are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 after scoring 100 points or more in their previous game.
- Heat are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games.
- Heat are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
The Lakers and Heat have just been such a struggle this year. However with Whiteside on Miami’s side, he should have no issue controlling this game.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Miami -4.5
Lay the points with the home team here, as the Heat should completely dominate the paint.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Miami 108- Los Angeles 99
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