The NBA is set up with a solid slate of action throughout Saturday. Five games are up on the board throughout February 20. One of these games will be between the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers. These two teams have been strong so far this season, which should lead to a good game in this one. This game will tip off at around 8:30 PM Eastern time on ABC.
The Heat have started out this season with a record of 12-17, which has them sitting in eleventh place of the Eastern Conference. Miami is one game out of the ninth seed in the East. The Heat are coming off a win in their last game, which ended a three game losing streak. Miami will look to build off that win with a victory in this one.
Los Angeles has put up a record of 22-8 to this point in the season, which has them in second place of the Western Conference. The Lakers are coming off a loss in their last game and have lost two of their last three games. Los Angeles is two and a half games back from the top spot in the West and will look to make up some ground with a win in this one.
These two teams have been solid so far this season. The Lakers have had much more success to this point in the season, but Miami will look to get some revenge after losing in the NBA Finals last season. Both teams have struggled a bit as of late and will look to get the win in this one. I expect a good matchup between these two teams on February 20.
The Heat and the Lakers met up twice throughout the regular season last season. The first meeting was in Los Angeles on November 8. Jimmy Butler finished with 22 points, while Goran Dragic finished with 19 points off the bench. Anthony Davis dropped 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. LeBron James added 25 points as the Lakers earned a 95-80 win.
The second game shifted to Miami on December 13. Jimmy Butler scored 23 points and Derrick Jones Jr. had 17 points. Once again though, the Heat came up short. Anthony Davis dropped 33 points and 10 rebounds, while LeBron James had 28 points, 12 assists and 9 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put up 15 points as the Lakers grabbed a 113-110 win on the road.
These two teams met up once again in the NBA Finals. Los Angeles was able to jump out to a nice 2-0 series lead with a 116-98 win and a 124-114 victory. The Heat bounced back in Game 3 though, winning 115-104. The Lakers pushed Miami to the brink with a Game 4 win, but Miami kept it alive in Game 5. Los Angeles was able to finish off the Heat in Game 6 with a 106-93 win to finish the season with a championship.
The Lakers have won five straight games against Miami in the regular season entering this one. Los Angeles will look to grab another key victory against the Heat in this one. Miami also fell to the Lakers in the NBA Finals last season and will look to get some revenge in this one. I expect the Heat to come out strong on Saturday as they look to grab an important win.
Field Goal Shooting
Miami has been solid shooting the ball throughout this season. The Heat have been able to make around 46.5 percent of their shots from the field, which is 15th in the NBA. Miami is also shooting 35.2 percent from behind the arc, which is 24th in the league. The Heat have been able to drain around 78.8 percent of their shots from the free throw line, which is 9th in the NBA.
The Lakers have been strong shooting the ball so far this season. Los Angeles has shot around 48.7 percent of their shots from the field, which is 3rd in the league. The Lakers are shooting 35.8 percent of their shots from deep, which is 19th in the NBA. Los Angeles has made 75 percent of their shots from behind the charity stripe, which is 25th in the league.
These two teams have been solid inside the arc this season, but have struggled a bit when shooting the deep ball. These two teams have been strong on defense this season. The Heat have held opposing teams to a 45 percent shooting percentage, which is 4th in the NBA. Los Angeles has also allowed their opponents to a 45 percent shooting percentage.
Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler have helped lead this Miami team this season. Adebayo is averaging 20 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Butler is averaging 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game. Tyler Herro has averaged 17.5 points per game. Kendrick Nunn is averaging 14 points, while Duncan Robinson has averaged 13 points per game. Kelly Olynyk is averaging 10.5 points per game to round out the lineup.
LeBron James has helped lead this Lakers team throughout the early part of this season. James has averaged 26 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists per game. Dennis Schroder is averaging 14 points per game. Montrezl Harrell has averaged 13 points per game this season, while Kyle Kuzma has averaged 11 points per game.
These two teams have been led by their leaders so far this season. The Heat are without Goran Dragic in this one. Anthony Davis is out for a little while for Los Angeles. Dennis Schroder is doubtful for this matchup as well. If the Lakers are without Davis and Schroder in this one, it could give Miami the edge on Saturday night.
The Heat are trying to grab a much needed win against the Lakers in this one. Miami has struggled against Los Angles as of late, including the loss to the Lakers in the NBA Finals. The Lakers will look to keep up this success, even with two key players out. If the Heat can shoot well early in this one, they should be able to grab a win on Thursday.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -3 against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to the Lakers in this one. I think that this game should be closer to even since Los Angeles will likely be without Schroder and Davis. If the Heat can take advantage of that early in this one, I think they should be able to cover this one on Saturday night.