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NBA Tips & Preview – Heat @ Lakers

The daily preview takes it to the rim with NBA tips as the LeBron-less LA Lakers host the hiccuping Miami Heat in a high-profile showdown.

NBA Tips – Miami Heat @ Los Angeles Lakers

14:00 (AEDT), Thu 11th Nov @ Staples Centre, Los Angeles

History: Played 72: Lakers 41 V Heat 31

Last meeting: April 8, 2021: Heat 110 d Lakers 104 at American Airlines Arena

Final Thoughts: Miami Heat have come back to the field slightly after a flying start to the season, while LA Lakers are dealing with another stint without injured leader LeBron James.

After going 6-1, the Heat have lost two of their last three. In the past week they bookended a 118-115 win over the Jazz with heavy defeats to the Celtics (95-78) and Nuggets (113-96). Jimmy Butler has been in MVP-contending form win or lose, however, averaging 25.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists.

Bam Adebayo continues to assert his authority in his fourth NBA campaign, scoring 18.3 points and pulling down 11.8 rebounds per game.

AD, Carmelo step up

James has missed the 6-5 Lakers’ last three games, resulting in losses to the Thunder (107-104) – again blowing a big lead against the West lightweights – and Blazers (105-95), and an overtime win over the Hornets (126-123) in their most recent outing.

Anthony Davis (32 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast, 3 stl, 5 blk) absolutely crammed the stats sheet against the Hornets. The under-fire Russell Westbrook (17 pts, 12 reb, 14 ast) had a triple-double, while Carmelo Anthony nailed seven threes in his 29 points off the bench.

After losing six of the teams’ past seven regular-season clashes – as well as the 2020 Finals to the Lakers 4-2 – the Heat took out both encounters last season. But Anthony Davis missed the 96-94 defeat at Staples Center and the 110-104 loss in Miami, while LeBron was also absent from the latter.

The Lakers are stacked enough to not merely tread water while James sits in the casualty ward. Westbrook is yet to fully click in the Lakers line-up but the 37-year-old Anthony’s recent form has been outstanding and Davis is a machine.

It’s not surprising to see the healthy Heat installed as $1.60 favourites, but the Lakers have won five of their last six at home and I’ll take the free points here.

Tip: Handicap – Lakers +3.5 @ $1.90

OTHER NBA GAMES

TEAMS
Washington Wizards @ Cleveland CavaliersHandicap – Cavaliers +3.5 @ $1.87
Brooklyn Nets @ Orlando MagicTotal – Over 209.5 @ $1.90
Detroit Pistons @ Houston RocketsHandicap – Rockets -3 @ $1.90
Milwaukee Bucks @ New York KnicksResult – Knicks @ $1.74
Toronto Raptors @ Boston CelticsResult – Raptors @ $2.10
Charlotte Hornets @ Memphis GrizzliesHandicap – Hornets +4.5  @ $1.93
Dallas Mavericks @ Chicago BullsHandicap – Bulls -3.5 @ $1.93
Oklahoma City Thunder @ New Orleans PelicansMargin – Pelicans 1-10 @ $2.70
Sacramento Kings @ San Antonio SpursResult – Kings @ $1.90
Indiana Pacers @ Denver NuggetsHandicap – Nuggets +3 @ $1.90
Portland Trail Blazers @ Phoenix SunsHandicap – Suns -5 @ $1.87
Minnesota Timberwolves @ Golden State WarriorsHandicap – Warriors -7.5 @ $1.93

 

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