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(26-34) Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat (32-29)
Date: Thursday March 1st
Time: 7:30PM EST
Venue: AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, Florida
NBA Moneyline Odds: off
NBA Betting Odds: Heat -5
NBA Betting Total: 217
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The Los Angeles Lakers are still one of the worst teams in the Western Conference this season, and recently took a loss to the Atlanta Hawks, 123-104.
The Miami Heat are in contention for the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference this season, and recently beat the 76ers, 102-101.
The last time the Lakers and Heat took the court against each other, was January 6th 2017. The Lakers got the win, 127-100.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are still a struggling team, despite making the proper trades before the trade deadline, the Lakers won’t be a contender this year, but can be within the next few years.
Los Angeles demolished the Hawks by 19 points in their last win. Lonzo Ball had 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Los Angeles has won three games in a row. The Lakers are playing well largely because of the return of Lonzo Ball. Ball is averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game this year.
If Ball can continue to play well, the Lakers young talented core will be able to get some wins to end the year.
Aside from Ball’s return, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma have been stars for the Lakers in their own rights this year. Ingram leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points and Kuzma is averaging 15.4 points per game this season. If both can continue to develop, the sky is the limit for Los Angeles.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Lakers are allowing 109.9 points per game. Ranking Los Angeles 27th in points allowed this season. Don’t expect the Lakers defensive woes to be stopped.
Los Angeles lacks veteran leadership and are one of the youngest teams in the NBA this year.
If the Lakers are going to win this matchup, they must play focused on the road. This will be the Lakers only visit to South Beach this year, so the nightlife could be a distraction.
The Miami Heat are coming off a much needed comeback win against the 76ers, 102-101. Dwayne Wade was the reason for the comeback. Wade outscored the 76ers 15-14 down the stretch of the 4th quarter.
Wade’s determined play has some thinking he could look like his old self come playoff time.
Wade is averaging 11.7 points per game this year. Goran Dragic is leading the Heat in scoring this season. Dragic is averaging 17.5 points per game this year, and has been a big part of the reason why the Heat are in playoff contention.
Look for the Heat to string together more wins.
Aside from the Dwayne Wade’s 27 point outburst, the team is allowing 109.9 points per game this year. If the Heat can’t get back on track defensively, they could be on the outside looking in this year for the playoffs.
Hassan Whiteside will be playing a big part in this one.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Under is 9-1 in MIA last 10 vs. NBA Pacific.
- MIA are 8-21-4 ATS in their last 33 home games.
- Under is 35-17-2 in MIA last 54 Thu. games.
- LAL are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Miami.
- Under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
Free Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat NBA Prediction:
Expect the young Lakers to struggle against the tough Heat. Los Angeles is going to struggle against Miami in South Beach.
Miami needs to keep winning in order to stay in playoff contention. With Wade’s veteran leadership, look for the Heat to handle business at home.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat
The Lakers don’t have enough on their roster to beat the Heat in this one. Take Miami for the home win.
NBA Free Score Prediction: Heat 115 – Lakers 104
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