The NBA Finals continue on Sunday night as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat meet in Game 6 of their best of seven series. These two teams have met in a great series so far, but it could conclude on Sunday night. The Lakers will look to finish off the Heat with a big win on October 11. This game will tip off at around 7:30 PM Eastern time.
Los Angeles finished out the regular season with a record of 52-19, which put them in the top spot of the Western Conference. The Lakers have eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets to reach the Finals. Los Angeles is one game away from the NBA Championship and will look to finish off Miami in Game 6.
The Heat posted a record of 44-29 throughout the regular season, which put them in fifth place of the Eastern Conference. Miami knocked off the Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics to reach the Finals. The Heat stayed alive in Game 5 of this series and will look to push their season to one more game.
These two teams have had great playoff runs so far, but it could all come to an end on Sunday night. The Lakers had a great chance to put away the Heat in Game 5 but could not do so. Los Angeles will look to step up in this one, while Miami will look to push for a Game 7. I expect a great Game 6 as both teams look for a huge win.
Game 1 of this series was back on September 30. Jimmy Butler dropped 23 points, while Kendrick Nunn had 18 points off the bench. The Heat could not come up with the win though. Anthony Davis dropped 34 points and 9 rebounds. LeBron James finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. The Lakers were able to finish with 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, 13 assists and 8 rebounds. Kelly Olynyk scored 24 points, but Miami still came up short. LeBron James scored 33 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists. Anthony Davis finished 32 points and 14 rebounds. Los Angeles finished with a 124-114 win to take a 2-0 series lead.
Game 3 of the series was on October 4. LeBron James dropped 25 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. Markieff Morris and Kyle Kuzma both finished with 19 points off the bench. Jimmy Butler went off for 40 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists. Tyler Herro and Kelly Olynyk both dropped 17 points. The Heat cut the series lead to 2-1 with a 115-104 win.
The fourth game of the series was on October 6. Jimmy Butler finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists, while Tyler Herro dropped 21 points. LeBron James finished with 28 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Anthony Davis scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. The Lakers were able to earn a big 3-1 series lead with a 102-96 win in this one.
The fifth and most recent game of this series was on October 9. LeBron James dropped 40 points and 13 rebounds. Anthony Davis finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds, but it was not enough. Jimmy Butler scored 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. Duncan Robinson finished with 26 points to extend their series. Miami was able to finish with a 111-108 win in Game 5.
Field Goal Shooting
Los Angeles has been the best field goal shooting team throughout this playoff run. The Lakers have been able to make around 48.9 percent of their shots from the field. Los Angeles has also been able to shoot 35.6 percent from deep. The Lakers have been able to make around 46.1 percent of their shots from the field and 35.8 percent of their shots from behind the arc in this series.
The Heat have been solid throughout this postseason when shooting from the field. Miami has made around 46 percent of their shots from the field. The Heat have also been able to make 35.9 percent of their shots from behind the arc. In this series, Miami has made 46.5 percent of their shots from the field and 36.6 percent of their shots from deep.
These two teams have shot well throughout the postseason and very similarly in this series. Miami has shot a little bit better in this series, but rebounding has gone in favor of the Lakers. If the Heat can get more boards, it could give them a better chance to earn a big win. Miami will look to continue to slow down Los Angeles’ big two.
LeBron James has stepped up for this series against the Heat. James has been averaging 30 points, 11.5 rebounds and 8 assists per game in the NBA Finals. Anthony Davis is averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is averaging 12 points per game, while Kyle Kuzma has averaged 10 points per game off the bench.
Jimmy Butler has been the biggest player for Miami in the NBA Finals. Butler is averaging 29 points, 10 assists and 8.5 rebounds per game. Tyler Herro has averaged 16 points per game, while Duncan Robinson is averaging 13 points per game. Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo are both averaging around 12 points per game. Jae Crowder and Kendrick Nunn are both averaging 11 points per game.
These two teams have seen their best players step up in the big moments of this series. Butler and James went back and forth late in Game 5 and I would not be surprised to see something similar in Game 6. James dominated in Game 5 of this series and I expect him to step up again as he eyes his fourth NBA Championship.
The Heat were able to stay alive in Game 5 of this series, but I believe that Los Angeles will bounce back to close out this series on Sunday night. The Lakers had a good chance to close out this series on Sunday night, but could not make the final shot. I expect LeBron James to rally his troops as they look to win the Larry O’Brien trophy.
BetOnline has the Lakers listed as a -5 against the spread. This gives a solid edge to Los Angeles coming into Game 6. I agree with this line as the Lakers have been playing well after a loss. I think Los Angeles will be in a good position to win this one last, which could give them a chance to cover the spread with free throws. I expect the Lakers to win and cover to finish out the NBA season.