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Heat vs. Lakers in Christmas matchup

LeBron James and the Miami Heat will be in action at the Staples Center on Wednesday as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers in Christmas Day betting action at the sportsbooks.

The Heat are 7-3 SU in their past 10 games against the Lakers, and they've been even better ATS with a 9-1 mark in those contests. The UNDER is 5-1 in their past six meetings.

The Lakers sport a record of 13-15 and 16-12 ATS heading into this matchup, while the Heat sit at 21-6 and 13-14 ATS on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 14-14 for the Lakers and 17-10 for the Heat. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened this morning as -5.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark (including 5Dimes), while the total was hovering around 207 at BetOnline and other shops.

The Lakers sit at No. 24 in the current NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Heat are at No. 9 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Heat will win this game 101-90.

Miami won its last outing, a 121-119 result against the Hawks on December 23. The Heat failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 240 combined points took the game OVER the total. LeBron James poured in 38 points for Miami on Monday, as they defeated Atlanta 121-119 at AmericanAirlines Arena.

In their last action, Los Angeles was a 117-90 loser on the road against the Suns. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (207) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. The Lakers were blown out by Phoenix on Monday, losing by a 117-90 final at US Airways Center in basketball betting action.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Heat rank No. 30 in the league with 36.33 per game. That compares with Los Angeles’s No. 17 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Los Angeles is the NBA’s No. 5-ranked team at 9.29 per game, while the Heat rate No. 11 with 8.15 per contest.

A few Heat at Lakers trends to consider:
Miami is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Miami is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 5 games
Miami is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
LA Lakers is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
LA Lakers is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Lakers's last 6 games
LA Lakers is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games at home

Next up:
Miami at Sacramento, Friday, December 27th
Los Angeles at Utah, Friday, December 27th