Heat vs. Lakers Game 5 Prediction
Will the Lakers close out the NBA Finals in Game 5 and win their 17th NBA championship when they take on the Heat at 9:00 p.m. ET tonight? Better yet, will LeBron and Co. cover once more as the favorite in this series?
709 Miami Heat (+7) at 710 Los Angeles Lakers (-7); o/u 216
9:00 p.m. ET, Friday, October 9, 2020
NBA Finals Game 5
Miami Heat DFS Spin
Bam Adebayo (neck) has been removed from the injury report for Friday's Game 5 Finals matchup with the Lakers. Adebayo was initially listed as questionable, but head coach Erik Spoelstra said this morning that he would be "good to go" for Game 5, and with him leaving the IR report that confirms he'll be out there. Simply having Bam's defensive presence on the floor should have people considering taking the under tomorrow night.
Los Angeles Lakers DFS Spin
LeBron James hit 8-of-16 shots, 2-of-5 3-pointers and 10-of-12 free throws for 28 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and a steal in Tuesday's 102-96 win over the Heat in Tuesday's Game 4 to give the Lakers a 3-1 lead in the series. LeBron overcame a slow first-half start and committed six turnovers, but only had one turnover in the second half, when the Lakers took control late and put it away. LeBron hit a really tough fadeaway shot to give the Lakers an 81-75 lead with 8:46 remaining in the game, and while the Heat made a run and hung in there, they were never able to gain control of the game after that one. The Lakers have to win just one game in their next three in order to win a championship in the 'Year of Mamba.' Yes, there are still possibly three games left in this series, but it feels like it's all over but the shouting.
Heat vs. Lakers Game 5 Betting Prediction
The under is 7-2 in the last nine meetings between these two teams and is 5-2 in the Heat’s last seven games when playing on two days of rest. The under has also cashed in five of the Heat’s last six NBA finals games and is 10-2 in their last 12 games when playing an opponent with a winning record. On the other side, the under is 12-3-1 in the Lakers’ last 16 NBA championship games, is 13-5 in their last 18 games when playing an opponent with a winning record and is 17-8 in their last 25 games when they’re coming off a win.
2020 NBA FINALS BETTING PREDICTION: HEAT/LAKERS UNDER 216