Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat odds, picks and prediction
The Los Angeles Lakers (32-19) remain on the road Thursday night for a visit to the Miami Heat (26-25). Tip-off from AmericanAirlines Arena will be at 7:30 p.m ET. Below, we analyze the Lakers-Heat odds and lines, with NBA picks and predictions.
The Lakers have hit some bumps lately, winning just four of their last 10 games. They are coming off a 110-101 win over the Toronto Raptors Tuesday, but that came after an 18-point loss to the L.A. Clippers. It's no coincidence their recent dry spell has come with SF LeBron James and PF Anthony Davis both sidelined.
The Heat snapped a four-game winning streak Tuesday night when they lost 124-112 to the Memphis Grizzlies. SF Jimmy Butler and C Bam Adebayo lead Miami in scoring at 21.4 and 19.2 points per game, respectively, while SG Victor Oladipo continues to get acclimated with his new team. Miami is just 14-13 at home this season.
Lakers at Heat: Odds, spread and lines
- Money line : Lakers +260 (bet $100 to win $260) | Heat -350 (bet $350 to win $100)
- Against the spread/ATS : Lakers +8 (-110) | Heat -8 (-110)
- Over/Under : 203.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)
Lakers at Heat: Key injuries
- SF LeBron James (ankle) out
- PF Anthony Davis (calf) out
- C Andre Drummond (toe) probable
- SF Kyle Kuzma (calf) probable
- SG Tyler Herro (foot) probable
- SF KZ Okpala (health and safety protocols) out
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Lakers at Heat: Odds, lines, predictions and picks
Heat 102, Lakers 97
Money line (ML)
The Heat are heavy favorites in this one, with a money line of -350. That's far too chalky for my taste, even though Miami is likely to win this one at home.
There just isn't enough upside with a line that lopsided, so I would PASS and bet the spread.
Against the spread (ATS)
Being at home and with the Lakers banged up, the Heat are favored by 8 points Thursday night. Miami is just 4-6 ATS in its last 10 games, while the Lakers are 3-7 in that same stretch.
Even though the Lakers are seriously shorthanded, I like them to cover the spread and keep this one fairly close down the stretch. Bet the LAKERS +8 (-110) to cover.
The total has gone Under in six of the Lakers' last seven games and with Los Angeles lacking an offensive catalyst, the UNDER 203.5 (-105) feels like a good bet again.
It'll all come down to whether the Lakers can contain Butler with someone like Kuzma.
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