Miami was extremely unlucky in the opening game of the 2020 NBA Finals as they saw three of their starters getting injured and two of them did not return to the game. They eventually lost and are now facing once again the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the Finals. Two of their starters are doubtful for tonight and they are facing an extremely difficult task.
Date/Time: 10-02-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -9.5 Total: +216.5
LA had a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS) in the regular season, which was the best in the West. They have won 9 of their last 10 matches. In their last game they won Miami in Game 1, 116-98. They were a 4.5-point favorite and easily covered the spread.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 29.1 ppg, adding 9.3 rebounds per game. LeBron James adds 26.6 ppg and leads the team both in rebounding with 10.5 and in assists made with 8.9 per game.
Miami had a 44-28 record in the regular season (36-35-2 ATS) and were fifth in the East. They have lost two of their last three matches. In their last game they lost by the Lakers in Game one, 98-116. They were a 4.5-point underdog and didn’t beat the odds.
Jimmy Butler leads the team in scoring with 20.8 ppg, adding 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. Goran Dragic adds 19.9 ppg, 4 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game but he is doubtful for today, as is Bam Adebayo.
Lakers lead the Heat 3-0 wins this season.
They have the second-best offense in the postseason (114.1 to 111.3) and third-best defense (106 to 107.8).
Lakers are also first both in field goal percentage (49.6% to 45.7%) and in dimes made (25.9 to 25) and grab more boards (44.4 to 42.4).
On the other hand, Heat are only better in turnovers committed (13.2 to 15.6).
Both teams have a similar 3-point percentage (35.8% to 35.5%).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -9.5 spread and expect them to beat the odds. Heat will be missing both Gragic and Adebayo and Butler will most likely play through his injury. They don’t stand a chance.
NBA Finals Heat vs Lakers Game 2 Prediction: Los Angeles Lakers -9.5 (-108)