The Heat and Lakers meet this Saturday night in NBA action at the Staples Center
The Miami Heat will be looking for a win after loosing three after their last four games. They’re averaging 107.2 points on 46.5% shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 45% shooting. Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.8 points on 9.3 rebounds while Kimmy Butler is adding 19.1 points and 7.7 assists per night. Tyler Herro is the their double-digit scorer and Goran Dragic is grabbing 3.1 rebounds.
As a team, the Heat are shooting 35.2% from beyond the arc and 78.8% from the free throw line.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers are on a good momentum as they’ve won 8 from their last 10 games. They’re averaging 112.4 points on 48.7% shooting and allowing 105.9 points on 45% shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Anthony Davis is dissing 22.5 points per night. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.2 rebounds.
As a team, the Lakers are shooting 35.8% from beyond the arc and 75% from the free throw line.
The Heat will be motivated for this contest given it was the Lakers that beat them in the NBA Finals last year. They’re ranked #27th in offense and #7th in defense. On the other hand, the Lakers are undermanned without AD on the floor. They are ranked #17th in offense and #2nd in defense. Nevertheless, the Heat have yet to prove they can beat good team – they lose by an average of 4.8 points on the road and 12.5 points in the underdog role. The Lakers are a stronger team, but this might be a good game for Miami to turn the page. I’ll go with the underdog Heat.