Free NBA Pick: Heat vs. Lakers NBA Odds
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2019 NBA Handicapping
(5-2) Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers (6-1)
Date: Friday, November 8
Time: 10:30PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat +335 | Lakers -348
NBA Betting Odds: Heat +8.5 | Lakers -8.5
NBA Betting Total: 215.5
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Friday, November 8 finds the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers facing each other at Staples Center. Each has bolted out of the gates posting winning records and look solidly positioned to win a home court seed in their respective conferences.
Last season, the Lakers swept the two games the clubs played. The Lakers hold the all-time record having bested the Heat in 35 of their 62 matches.
To start the season the Heat has looked like a title contender with a balanced effort on both sides of the floor. But, in their last outing, they didn’t resemble the squad who was 5-1 at that point with a 20 point loss to the Nuggets.
A number of Heat players are dealing with a stomach virus so perhaps the flu has spread through the lineup because the loss to Denver wasn’t typical Heat effort.
Still, five players were able to deliver double-digit scoring efforts including Jimmy Butler who led the way with 16 points. The four others who hit this mark were Kelly Olynyk (13), rookie sensation Kendrick Nunn (11), Justice Winslow (10) and Meyers Leonard (10).
Chris Silva (illness) and Derrick Jones Jr. (groin) are listed as probable while Justise Winslow (migraine) is listed as questionable.
KZ Okpala (left Achilles strain), Dion Waiters (stomach virus) and Udonis Haslem (sprained left wrist/stomach virus) are all out.
Los Angeles Lakers
Although pundits earmarked this Lakers squad as one of the top teams expected to challenge for the title it’s unlikely anyone expected them to be serving up the best defense in the NBA.
Part of this is due to LeBron James committing early to bringing it on both sides of the floor. Couple that with new Head Coach Frank Vogel who is known as a defensive coach.
In their last outing, however, the Lakers had to claw back to capture the win as they likely underestimated the young Chicago Bulls. LA trailed by 17 points at the half. The Lakers cut the lead to 13 entering the final frame and then lowered the boom outscoring the Bulls 38-19 to notch the victory.
In the win, LeBron James recorded a triple-double of 30 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Four Lakers joined him in double-digit scoring as Quinn Cook (17), Kyle Kuzma (15), Anthony Davis (15) and JaVale McGee (10) chipping in.
Avery Bradley missed the last game nursing a right lower-leg contusion, but he is expected to play versus the Heat. Rajon Rondo continues to deal with a right calf strain which has kept him out the entirety of the season with his timetable for return unknown.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Teams are 5-5 in the last 10 head to head contests.
- Teams are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 games.
- Over Under is 3-7 in team’s last 10 head to head matchups
Free Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
This is the biggest test for the Lakers arguably since opening night when they played the Clippers. Although the Jazz is a solid club they haven’t quite figured out their offense yet whereas the Heat offer balance on both sides of the court.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat plus the points
Although the Lakers boast the top-ranked defense the Heat rank fourth. Both teams reside in the middle of the pack offensively. The issue is the Heat are playing on the second night of a back-to-back set or I’d pick them outright. Still, Jimmy Buckets gets up for these high profile games and will want to make a statement.
NBA Free Prediction: Lakers 109 – Heat 105
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