The Heat and the Lakers will meet in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on October 9 as Los Angeles looks to earn their 17th Championship. Miami will look to stay alive with a big win. These two teams have had great playoff runs and will look to earn a huge Game 5 win. This game will tip off at around 9:00 PM Eastern time on ABC.
The Heat finished out the regular season with a record of 44-29, which had them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. Miami has gone 13-6 throughout the postseason. The Heat find themselves in a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals and will look to bounce back with a win in Game 5. Look for Miami to try and get going early as they have their backs against the wall.
Los Angeles put up a record of 52-19 throughout the regular season, which had them in first place of the Western Conference. The Lakers have gone 15-4 in this playoff run, which has them one game away from another Championship. Los Angeles will look to earn the biggest win of the playoffs to lift Basketball’s ultimate trophy.
These two teams have met in a great series so far, which should lead to a great Game 5. The Heat are looking to bounce back after losing in Game 4. I expect both teams to come out strong as they look to earn a big win. This could conclude the NBA season, so buckle in for a good matchup as Miami tries to extend their season.
Game 1 of this series was back on September 30. Jimmy Butler dropped 23 points, while Kendrick Nunn scored 18 points. The Heat could not come out on top though. Anthony Davis dropped 34 points and 9 rebounds, while LeBron James scored 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The Lakers were able to earn a 116-98 win to take a 1-0 series lead.
The second game of this series was back on October 2. Jimmy Butler finished with 25 points and 13 assists. Kelly Olynyk dropped 24 points and 9 rebounds, but Miami still came up short. LeBron James scored 33 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds, while Anthony Davis dropped 32 points and 14 rebounds. The Lakers took a 2-0 series lead with a 124-114 win.
The third game of this series was on October 4. LeBron James dropped 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Jimmy Butler scored 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk both finished with 17 points as the Heat finally broke through. Miami trimmed the series deficit to 2-1 with a 115-104 win in Game 3.
Game 4 of this series was back on October 6. Jimmy Butler dropped 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Tyler Herro finished with 21 points, but the Heat once again came up short in this one. LeBron James dropped 28 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Anthony Davis finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Los Angeles took a 3-1 series lead with a 102-96 win.
Field Goal Shooting
The Heat have been solid from the field throughout this season. Miami has been able to make around 46.1 percent of their shots from the field. The Heat have also been able to make around 35.6 percent of their shots from behind the arc in the postseason. Miami has been able to shoot 46.7 percent from the field and 35.2 percent from deep in this series.
Los Angeles has been the best field goal shooting team in the postseason. The Lakers have been able to shoot around 49 percent from the field. Los Angeles has not been as good from deep, making 35.5 percent of their shots from deep. In this series, the Lakers have been able to shoot around 46 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from behind the arc.
The Lakers have been the better shooting team throughout the postseason, but it has been Miami who has been the better team shooting from the field in this series. Los Angeles has been slightly better from deep, but it has been overall close. If the Heat can clean up on turnovers and rebounding, it will give them a chance to extend this series.
In this series, Jimmy Butler has stepped up in a huge way for the Heat. Butler is averaging 27.5 points, 8 rebounds and 10 assists per game. Tyler Herro has averaged 17.5 points per game, while Kelly Olynyk is averaging 12.5 points per game. Bam Adebayo is averaging 11.5 points per game. Jae Crowder has averaged 11 points per game. Kendrick Nunn has averaged 10.5 points per game, while Duncan Robinson is averaging 10 points per game.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have both stepped up in this series for the Lakers. James is averaging 28 points, 11 rebounds and 8.5 assists per game. Davis has averaged 26 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 11 points per game. Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris are both averaging 10.5 points per game off the bench throughout the playoffs.
These two teams have had their top players step up in the postseason. Butler has picked up his game in a big way as the Heat have suffered some injury issues. James and Davis have continued their dominance throughout this series. If Miami’s defense can slow down the Lakers in the paint and Butler can step up, the Heat can earn a big win in Game 5 of this series.
Los Angeles is one game away from earning another NBA Championship, but I believe that the Heat will be able to extend this series. Miami has been the better shooting team throughout this series, which could help them earn a win. I expect Jimmy Butler to step up big as the Heat find their backs against the wall in the NBA Finals.
BetOnline has the Lakers listed as a -310 against the money line in this one. This implies that Los Angeles will win this game around 75.6 percent of the time. I believe that this line is too big for the NBA Finals. The series closing game is the hardest to win, and I believe that will prove true in this one. Miami has kept it close in the last two games and I think the Heat will extend this series to a Game 6.