The Lakers bounced back in Game 4 and managed to get a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. They are now facing once again the Heat in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The Heat are with their backs against the wall and need only a win tonight so they will force a game 6 and live to fight another day.
Date/Time: 10-09-2020, 21:00 EDT
Spread: Los Angeles Lakers -7 Total: +216.5
Lakers finished the regular season with a 52-19 record (36-34-1 ATS). They were first in the West. They have won five of their last six matches. In their last game they won Miami in Game 4, 102-96. They were a 7.5-point favorite but failed cover the spread once again.
Anthony Davis leads the team in scoring with 28.2 ppg, adding 9.3 rebounds per game. LeBron James adds 26.9 ppg and leads the team both in rebounding with 10.5 and in assists made with 8.8 per game.
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 four, 96-102. They were a 7.5-point underdog and managed to beat the odds.
Jimmy Butler leads the team both in scoring with 22.1 ppg and in assists made with 5.7 per game. He also adds 6.2 rebounds. The Heat saw Bam Adebayo (17.6 ppg, 10.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists) return to the lineup, while Goran Dragic (19.9 ppg, 4 rebounds, 4.6 assists) is once again doubtful.
LA leads Miami 5-1 wins this season.
In the playoffs, the Lakers are third-best both offensively (113.4 to 111.8) and defensively (106.4 to 108.1).
They are first both in field goal percentage (49% to 46.1%) and in assists made (26 to 24.8) and grab more rebounds (44.2 to 41.7).
On the other hand, Miami commits fewer turnovers per game (13.1 to 15.5).
Both squads have a similar 3-point percentage (35.6% to 35.5%).
Bookmakers give the Lakers a -7 spread but don’t expect them to beat the odds. They have failed to beat the odds in three consecutive games and expect Miami to force another close game tonight as well.
NBA Finals Heat vs Lakers Game 5 Prediction: Miami Heat +7 (-106)