Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat betting tips and predictions for Wednesday’s NBA game on ESPN. Just a week after their clash in South Beach, the Heat and Lakers conclude their regular season series with a game at Crypto.com Arena tonight. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
Los Angeles Lakers
The legend of Lebron James just keeps on growing every single game he takes the floor. In his last 9 games he’s averaging 34.6 points per game on better than 58% shooting from the field, he just had his 2nd straight 40+ point game in the win over Charlotte finishing with 43.
Tonight’s game will be against a tough defensive side in Miami, last time he played them Lebron finished with a modest 27 points. With no Anthony Davis still in the line-up and potentially no Russell Westbrook (he left the last game with a foot injury), James will once again be the main option on offense for the high paced Lakers. This team is on a run of 3 wins in 4 games, and finally comes back home after a long road trip. In 16 games played in their own arena the Lakers are 8-8, however they do have 6 wins in their last 9 played there.
The Heat come into tonight’s game with a lot of momentum having won 6 of 7 games on the road. They are also 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings with the Lakers and have beaten 7 of their last 8 opponents from the Western Conference. They are doing all this with several key players playing through injuries and knocks which has slowed them down a bit. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo aren’t listed on the injury report ahead of tonight’s game, so hopefully that means they’ll be playing the entire game.
Miami’s recent streak has seen them take over the number 1 spot in their division which guarantees a top 4 spot in the Eastern Conference if they were to finish there. Playing a gritty Lakers side will be difficult though, especially if LA decides to play a high tempo, something that doesn’t favor the Heat this season.
Miami held LA under 100 points in the game played in South Beach a week ago, it’s hard to imagine that happening once again here. I’ll be picking the Lakers as home underdogs in this one.
Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat Predictions & Odds
It will be a completely different game to the one played a week ago where the two teams combined for just 210 points. The Lakers play at a very fast pace, their last 6 of 8 games have seen the over cash, plus 7 of their last 10 games vs East teams as well.
This team averages 117.2 points per game at home this season, we just saw them score 121, 130 and 129 points in 3 of their last 4 games. The Heat have also been scoring at a high level. Over their last 5 games only once did they score under 112 points. Their games vs Pacific Division opponents tend to go over the total, that’s been the case in 13 of their last 18 such games. With the likes of Tyler Herro, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo all playing they’ll have enough firepower to battle it out with the Lakers here. Take the over with confidence.