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2020 NBA Playoffs Handicapping NBA Finals (Orlando)
(0-0 Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers (0-0)
Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2020
Time: 9:00 PM EST
Venue: Walt Disney World Resort – AdventHealth Arena| ESPN Complex
NBA Moneyline Odds: Heat +275 | Lakers -178
NBA Betting Odds: Heat +4.5 | Lakers -4.5
NBA Betting Total: 217.5
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The experiment inside the Disney bubble has worked and now the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat are the last two teams standing and as such will tip-off in the NBA Finals on Wednesday, September 30th to determine the 2020 champion.
With a record of 12-3 the Heat swept the Pacers, lost once to the top-seeded Bucks, and handled the Celtics 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Los Angeles Lakers
Like the Heat, the Lakers lost only three postseason games with gentleman’s sweeps versus the Blazers, Rockets, and Nuggets.
Leading the playoff charge for the Lakers are LeBron James and Anthony Davis who’ve excelled in the postseason. James is averaging near a triple-double with 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.7 assists as well as 1.3 steals and 1.0 blocks.
Davis has averaged 28.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks.
Kyle Kuzma (10.5) is the only other Laker averaging double-figure scoring highlighting LA’s issues on offense. The two x-factors are Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard.
Several Lakers are dealing with bumps and bruises including Davis (ankle), James (groin), Alex Caruso (wrist), and Danny Green (finger). All are listed as probable as is Dion Waiters (groin) who missed the previous series.
NBA Betting Trends:
- Over is 13-3 in MIA last 16 Wed. games.
- MIA are 12-3 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
- Under is 9-3 in LAL last 12 Wed. games.
- LAL are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
Free Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
In the three prior series, the Lakers were able to send out Dwight Howard and Rajon Rondo to pester or be physical with their opponents. that won’t fly in this series as the Heat led by Butler and Adebayo might be the toughest team in the association.
Conversely, and with all due respect to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jayson Tatum, the Heat will face the two biggest talents left in the bubble via James and Davis.
4* Free NBA Betting Pick: Heat plus 4.5
That said, the Heat arguably has the next four or five best players. Defense will be critical as the Heat will undoubtedly try to employ their zone defense given the lack of Lakers perimeter threats.
The four key factors in each game will be the club who excels at transition defense, second chance scoring, rebounding and fewer turnovers.
With their experience and talent the Lakers will be the favorites in every game. But, the Heat have a key advantage with Erik Spoelstra’s knowledge of James having won two titles together.
Butler’s comment about having to play perfect to win feels like a rope-a-dope move and I suspect they’ll come out in the opener looking to hit the Lakers hard.
***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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