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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping NBA Finals (Orlando)
(1-3) Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers (3-1)
Date: Friday, October 9th, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat +260 | Lakers -310
NBA Betting Odds: Heat +7 | Lakers -7
NBA Betting Total: 216
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The Los Angeles Lakers outlasted the Miami Heat in Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 lead and will look to clinch the NBA Finals on Friday evening.
After missing the last two games and part of the first game in the series due to a sprained neck and shoulder Bam Adebayo returned to the Heat lineup.
His presence gave the Heat an immediate energy uptick and provided the most competitive game of the series.
Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James was the driving force for the Lakers coming close to a triple-double with 28 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists.
For the second game in a row though James had issues hanging onto the ball with six turnovers primarily in the first half.
After a sub-par effort in the Game 3 loss where Anthony Davis only took nine shots for 15 points, the star delivered a much more typical performance with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal, and four blocks.
Early in the match, when LA was struggling offensively Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Danny Green were seemingly the only Lakers who could score and they finished with 15 and 10 points respectively as the only other double-figure scorers.
In their wins, Rajon Rondo has been an x-factor even in areas the box score doesn’t show.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Heat are 8-2 ATS in their 10 games
- LAL are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.
Free Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
If Goran Dragic can play and Adebayo is feeling even slightly closer to 100 percent it will be hugely beneficial for the Heat.
Eric Spoelstra’s challenge is to find a way to bolster the offense. Specifically, how the Lakers are defending Butler and scoring at a more consistent clip in the half-court.
For the Lakers, the priority will be a third scorer to help James and Davis which hasn’t been one player consistently through the four games.
The question is whether the Heat will play freely knowing they have to win or succumb to the pressure. They say the hardest game to win is the series clincher and in an NBA Finals that pressure is even greater for LA.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat +7
LeBron James and Rajon Rondo have been there before so their efforts and performance will dictate how the Lakers roll.
After four games playing every other day, an extra day of rest that helps both sides but my gut tells me the Heat won’t throw in the towel or concede easily so I’m banking on a Game 6.
***NOTE*** In case you missed it…When the 2020 NBA 16-team playoff field is set, the NBA Playoffs will proceed in a traditional conference-based format with four rounds and best-of-seven series in each round. The 2020 NBA Finals will end no later than Oct. 13.
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