The visiting Lakers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at AmericanAirlines Arena against the Heat.
The Heat sport records of 43-21 and 28-35-1 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Lakers sit at 46-19 and 32-33 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 34-29-1 for the Heat and 26-39 for the Lakers.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Heat at No. 3 and the Lakers at No. 1 heading into this contest. Handicapping models run by the computers at Odds Shark project a 107-105 result in favor of the Heat.
How They Match Up:
In rebounding, the battle of the boards features Miami's No. 10-rated squad against Los Angeles's No. 4-rated roster. When it comes to long-range shooting, Miami rates No. 11 in the league with 6.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 13 with 6.5 per outing.
Defensively, the Lakers feature the league's No. 7-rated defense on the road, allowing 96 points per game. Miami, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the league in scoring at home.
Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 101-87 winner as they battled the Hawks on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as a 4.5-point favorite, while 188 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Kobe Bryant went off for 26 points and added 6 rebounds leading Los Angeles over Atlanta, 101-87, on Tuesday at Philips Arena.
Miami was a 105-96 loser in its last match at home against the Trail Blazers. They failed to cover the 9–point spread as favorites, while the total score of 201 sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Miami got 38 points from Dwyane Wade en route to a 105-96 loss at the hands of Miami on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Los Angeles Lakers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Dallas are 8-2
After playing Atlanta are 8-2
After a win are 9-1
Miami Heat Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Memphis are 5-5
After playing Portland are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
A few Lakers at Heat trends to consider:
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games
LA Lakers are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of the LA Lakers last 6 games when playing on the road against Miami
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the LA Lakers last 5 games
Miami is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 6 games when playing at home against LA Lakers
Miami is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Miami's last 12 games when playing LA Lakers
LA Lakers at Dallas, Saturday, March 12
Miami home to Memphis, Saturday, March 12