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Lakers battle with the Heat in Miami

The Miami Heat were tagged with an ATS loss by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season as those teams meet once again in NBA betting odds action on Thursday night.

The Heat topped the Lakers 101-95 back on Christmas Day but didn't manage to cover the 9-point spread on the road in that contest.

Overall Miami is 7-3 SU and 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games against Los Angeles, with the OVER/UNDER going 4-6.

The Heat is 8-1 SU, 7-2 ATS past nine at home to Lakers. However, the Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their past five games as underdog and they are also on a 4-0 ATS road run (all OVERs).

Miami battles the Lakers, currently with a 16-26 mark (24-18 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, important for totals bettors, are 25-17 for the Heat and 22-18-2 for the Lakers. (Note: follow us on Twitter for line updates and injuries news).

View Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup at BetOnline, the Heat sat as 12-point Favorite. The total had been pegged earlier by the oddsmakers at TopBet at 210.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 12-rated Heat and the No. 30-ranked Lakers, according to the NBA Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring formulas run on this game indicate a potential 100-90 result in favor of the Heat.

Last time out for Los Angeles, they were a 102-100 loser as they battled the Bulls on the road. The Lakers covered in the match as an 8.5-point underdog, while 202 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Lakers got a terrific 31-point performance from Nick Young but Chicago handed them a 102-100 defeat on Monday at United Center.

Last time out for Miami, they were a 93-86 winner as they battled the Celtics at home. The Heat failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite, while 179 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. LeBron James went off for 29 points and added 8 rebounds leading Miami over Boston, 93-86, on Tuesday at AmericanAirlines Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Lakers rank No. 18 in the league with 42.88 per game. That compares with Miami’s No. 30 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Miami is the NBA’s No. 12-ranked team at 8.1 per game, while the Lakers rate No. 5 with 9.19 per contest.

Next up:
Los Angeles at Orlando, Friday, January 24th
Miami home to San Antonio, Sunday, January 26th