The NBA Finals continue on October 2 as the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers meet in Game 2 of their series. These two teams have had strong postseason runs and it all comes down to this. The Heat and the Lakers will both look to earn a big win as we get much deeper into this series. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time.
The Heat finished the regular season with a record of 44-29, which earned them the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Miami knocked off the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics to reach the NBA Finals. The Heat have gone 12-4 throughout this postseason run. Miami will look to bounce back with a win in Game 2.
Los Angeles had posted a record of 52-19 throughout the regular season, which put them in first place of the Western Conference. The Lakers went on to eliminate the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets to make it here. Los Angeles is now three games away from earning the ultimate prize in the NBA Championship.
The Heat and the Lakers have both played well to reach the NBA Finals, but it was Los Angeles who struck first with a Game 1 win. Now Miami will look to tie up this series before they fall to far behind. Los Angeles has dominated throughout this postseason and now the Heat will have to play while limping. This will be a big Game 2 as each team looks for a win.
The Heat and the Lakers both met up twice throughout the regular season. The first game was on November 8 in Los Angeles. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Goran Dragic finished with 19 points, but it was not enough. Anthony Davis dropped 26 points, while LeBron James scored 25 points. The Lakers finished with a tough 95-80 win.
The second game of the season series was on December 13. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points and Derrick Jones Jr. scored 17 points, but the Heat still fell short. Anthony Davis finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while LeBron James scored 28 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished 15 points. Los Angeles snuck away with a 113-110.
Game 1 of this series was on September 30. Jimmy Butler finished with 23 points. Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points off the bench, but the Heat could not come up with the win. Anthony Davis finished with 34 points and 9 rebounds. LeBron James dropped 25 points, 9 assists and 13 rebounds. The Lakers finished with 116-98 win to take a 1-0 series lead.
Los Angeles has dominated the Heat throughout this season, going 2-0 against them in the regular season and now are up 1-0 in the NBA Finals. Miami will come filled with injuries into Game 2 and will need players to step up. Los Angeles will look to put up another dominant start to break this series open with a 2-0 lead.
Field Goal Shooting
The Heat have been solid shooting throughout this postseason run. Miami has been able to shoot 45.7 percent from the field. The Heat have also made around 35.5 percent of their shots from behind the arc. Miami struggled in Game 1 of this series, shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 31.4 percent from deep in the losing effort.
Los Angeles has been the best team shooting from the field throughout this playoff run. The Lakers have made 49.6 percent of their shots from the field. Los Angeles has also made around 35.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc. In Game 1 of the series, the Lakers made 45.2 percent of their shots from the field, while shooting 39.5 percent from deep.
The Lakers have been the better shooting team throughout this postseason run. Los Angeles used that to their advantage in Game 1 and shot extremely well from deep. The Heat will need to guard the perimeter better, but also keep a close eye on James and Davis in deep. Miami will look to bounce back with a better performance from the field.
Jimmy Butler has had a strong run throughout the playoffs. Butler is averaging 21 points per game. Goran Dragic has averaged 20 points per game. Bam Adebayo is averaging 18 points per game and 11 rebounds. Tyler Herro is averaging 16.5 points per game off the bench, while Jae Crowder has averaged 12.5 points per game. Duncan Robinson rounds out the lineup, averaging 10.5 points per game.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James have dominated throughout this postseason. Davis is averaging 29 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. LeBron James has averaged 26.5 points, 10.5 rebound and 9 assists per game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has averaged 10 points per game, while Kyle Kuzma is averaging another 10 points per game off the bench.
These two teams have seen great production from their leaders, but the Heat could be without Dragic and Adebayo in Game 2. Jimmy Butler is also playing through an injury. If the Lakers can take advantage of all these injuries, it will give them a great chance to take a 2-0 series lead. Miami on the other hand will look for some players to step up in their absence.
The NBA Finals continue after Los Angeles dominated Game 1 of this series. The Heat are coming into this one without Dragic and Adebayo most likely, which I believe the Lakers will take advantage of. Miami also has an injured Jimmy Butler. If Los Angeles can have James and Davis dominate in the paint again, I believe they will cruise to another win.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -9 ½ against the spread for this game. This implies that the Lakers will dominate Miami in Game 2. Los Angeles won 116-98 in Game 1 and that was with Dragic and Adebayo starting. I expect the Lakers to put up a dominant performance in game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead on Friday night.