Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers Game 2 Predictions, Odds & Picks
- The Miami Heat are struggling as Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and Goran Dragic picked up injuries in Game 1.
- The Los Angeles Lakers have overcome their shooting woes with 15 made threes in Game 1.
- Anthony Davis led all scorers with 34 points.
Heat vs Lakers Odds
|Team||Point Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Miami Heat||+9 -108||O 216 -113||+360|
|Los Angeles Lakers||-9 -113||U 216 -108||-455|
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Heat vs Lakers Predictions and Picks
The Los Angeles Lakers looked sharp in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals. With injuries to All-Stars Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, and Goran Dragic, we can’t see the Heat overcoming the Lakers in Game 2.
How to Watch Heat vs Lakers
|Heat vs Lakers Information|
|What||Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers|
|Where||ESPN Wide World of Sports, Orlando, FL|
|When||Friday, October 2, 2020; 9:00 PM EST|
|How to Watch/Listen||ABC|
Head-to-Head: Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers
|Miami Heat||Head-to-Head||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Erik Spoelstra||Head Coach||Frank Vogel|
|44-29 (5th in East, 11th Overall)||Standing||52-19 (1st in West, 3rd Overall)|
|112.5 (7th of 30)||Off Rtg||112.0 (11th of 30)|
|109.5 (11th of 30)||Def Rtg||106.3 (3rd of 30)|
|98.3 (27th of 30)||Pace||100.9 (11th of 30)|
Playoff Leaders (Per Game)
|J. Butler (20.8)||PPG||A. Davis (29.1)|
|B. Adebayo (10.9)||RPG||L. James (10.5)|
|T-Adebayo, Dragic (4.6)||APG||L. James (8.9)|
|J. Butler (1.9)||SPG||R. Rondo (1.5)|
|B. Adebayo (0.8)||BPG||A. Davis (1.3)|
|B. Adebayo (.557)/G. Dragic (7.3)||FG%/FGM||D. Howard (.673)/A. Davis (10.0)|
|D. Jones (.444)/J. Crowder (2.9)||3P%/3PM||Q. Cook (.667)/K. Caldwell-Pope (2.1)|
Can Miami’s Supporting Cast Step Up?
Erik Spoelstra’s Miami Heat seem to be in a world of trouble. Not only did Jimmy Butler roll his ankle, but Goran Dragic suffered a foot injury, while Bam Adebayo left the game due to his recurring wrist issue.
With the majority of Miami’s production gone, the Heat will look to their role players to fill the gap. Jae Crowder and Tyler Herro have been fantastic for Miami this post-season, but lesser-used players will need to step up as well.
Andre Iguodala and Kelly Olynyk will have to ramp up their offensive production off the bench. On the bright side, rookie Kendrick Nunn had an excellent Finals debut showing promise for an expanded role. Fellow rookie Duncan Robinson on the other hand struggled to post zero points in 27 minutes of play.
Davis and James Create Matchup Issues
Players at the level of James and Davis will always create excellent matchups for themselves, but against Miami, they’ve been particularly successful.
Anthony Davis has struggled on one end or the other against every team he’s faced so far between Portland’s guards, Houston’s small ball, or Denver’s Nikola Jokic. Against Miami though, he’s been particularly impressive against the defensively adept but offensively limited Adebayo. Davis’s 34 points night was representative of his effectiveness.
James on the other hand has been blowing past any Miami defender while hitting his open shooters for excellent shots. As evidenced by the Lakers’ 15 made three-pointers and near 40% conversion rate, Miami hasn’t looked like much of a Finals contender.
Heat Key Player: (G) Kendrick Nunn
When Goran Dragic left the court after just 14 minutes of play, all eyes shifted over to All-Rookie team member Kendrick Nunn. After a solid regular season, Nunn saw his minutes limited as the post-season wore on.
Nunn had a bright Finals debut with 18 points, five rebounds, and two assists on 8-11 shooting from the field. His willingness to attack the rim and show efficiency from deep was an asset to the wounded Heat.
He’ll likely be sharing playmaking duties with Tyler Herro with Dragic out. If Nunn can continue to support Miami with his scoring touch, it’ll take the pressure off of Jimmy Butler who expects to play with his ankle injury.
Lakers Key Player: (G) Danny Green
Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green struggled with his shooting against the Denver Nuggets. Despite attempting 25 three’s in five games, Green only made eight three-pointers against the Western Conference Finalists.
Green got off to a good start in the NBA Finals, scoring 11 points on 4-9 shooting from three-point range. While he was cheating on defense frequently in Game 1, he is generally more than solid against most offensive players.
Looking for his second NBA title in two years, Green’s two-way play is crucial to the Lakers’ success. If Game 1 is any indication of his form, the Heat are in for trouble on every defensive front.
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