Heat vs. Lakers Pick

NBA Predictions: Will Lakers extinguish Heat at Staples Center? 3/16/18

Are the Los Angeles Lakers going to protect their home court and win over the Miami Heat tonight at 10:30PM ET?

811 Miami Heat at 812 Los Angeles Lakers, 10:30PM ET

CURRENT ODDS

According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the Lakers are listed as a 4-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 220 points.

Bet NBA Action For Friday, March 16, 2018

LINE MOVEMENT

Los Angeles opened as a 4-point favorite, while the total has gone up slightly from 219.5. The Lakers are a 4-point favorite at all books, while the total is set at 219 most sportsbooks. The total can be found up to 220 points.

PUBLIC BETTNG

As of Friday aftenroon, 61 percent of public bets have come in on the Lakers. Online wager info also states that 56 percent of bets are siding with the under.

INJURY TO WATCH

Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (hamstring) and center Hassan Whiteside (hip) are both out, while small forward Josh Richardson (ankle) is doubtful. For the Lakers, small forward Kyle Kuzma (ankle) is questionable. Power forward Channing Frye (appendix) and small forward Brandon Ingram (hip flexor) are both out until late March. Josh Hart (hand) is out until mid-April.

BETTING STRATEGY

The Lakers have won seven of their last 10 games straight up and despite losing their last game 117-106 at the depleted Warriors, they were playing their third game in four nights. After a night off, expect a fresher LA team tonight. Miami has lost the first two games of its West Coast swing to Portland (115-99) and Sacramento (123-119 in OT), so it's hard to imagine the Heat keeping up with a Lakers team that has been a pleasant surprise the last month or so.

NBA DAILY PREDICTION: LOS ANGELES LAKERS -4

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