The Lakers won the short-handed Heat in Game 2 and got a 2-0 lead in the series. They are now facing them once again in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. Two of Miami’s starters are doubtful for today as well. They will need to muster every strength they have in order to avoid a third win by LA that will probably mean an imminent end to the series.
Date/Time: 10-04-2020, 19:30 EDT
Spread: Miami Heat +9.5 Total: +219.5
Heat finished the regular season with a 44-28 record (36-35-2 ATS). They were 5th in the East. They have lost three of their last four matches. In their last game they lost by LA in Game 2, 114-124. They were a 10.5-point underdog and managed to beat the odds.
Jimmy Butler leads the team both in scoring with 21.1 ppg and in assists made with 5.1 per game. HE also adds 5.5 rebounds, while Goran Dragic follows with 19.9 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game.
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won 10 of their last 11 matches. In their last game they won the Heat in Game two, 124-114. They were a 10.5-point favorite but failed to cover the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 29.3 ppg, adding 9.6 rebounds per game. LeBron James adds 27 ppg and leads the team both in rebounding with 10.4 and in assists made with 8.9 per game.
LA has won all four meetings against Miami this season.
In the playoffs, they are second-best offensively (114.6 to 111.3) and third-best defensively (106.5 to 108.7).
They are also best both in field goal percentage (49.6% to 45.9%) and in assists made (26.2 to 25.2). Lakers grab more boards (44.4 to 42.1).
On the other hand, Miami commits fewer turnovers per game (13 to 15.2).
Both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (35.7% to 35.6%).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Both Dragic and Adebayo are doubtful for today and they just lack the firepower to force a closer game against tha Lakers.
Finals Lakers vs Heat Game 3 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -9.5 (-108)