Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat – NBA April 8

Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat

  • Time: 4:30 PST – 6:30 CST – 7:30 EST
  • Place: American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
  • TV: TNT

Opening Tip:

Once again, there’s no Lebron James and Anthony Davis as the Lakers are on the fourth leg of a seven-game road swing. Los Angeles is 2-1 on the trip with wins over the Kings and Raptors and a loss to the Clippers.

Miami had a four-game winning streak end to nights ago at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Los Angeles is in fifth in the Western Conference and six games off the Utah Jazz for first and 1.5 games back of the third-seed Clippers. The Heat are in sixth in the Eastern Conference as they are 9.5 games back of first and only 0.5 games off the fourth-place Hornets.

The Heat meet the Lakers for the second time this season after they won in LA, 96-94, on Feb. 20. Kendrick Nunn had 27 points for Miami while Jimmy Butler scored 24. Kyle Kuzma led the Lakers with 23.

If Miami picks up the win, the Heat will sweep LA for the seventh time and the first time since 2014-15.

Key Injuries:

  • Los Angeles:Anthony Davis – (achilles) – OUT – Lebron James – (ankle) – OUT – Andre Drummond – (toe) – Probable – Kyle Kuzma – (calf) – Probable
  • Miami:KZ Okpala – (health and safety protocols) – Day to Day

Vs. The Spread:

Lakers:

  • The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games
  • The total has been UNDER in 6 of LA’s last 7 games
  • The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Miami

Heat:

  • Miami is 4-1 ATS in it’s last 5 games
  • The UNDER has been the play in 4 of Miami’s last 5 games vs. the Lakers
  • The Heat are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games vs. the Lakers

Last Time Out:

Talen-Horton Tucker scored 17 points as he paced a balanced Lakers attack with seven players in double figures as Los Angeles posted a 110-101 win over Toronto in Tampa on Tuesday evening. The Lakers led by as many as 34 before to cut into the lead and finally got it back into single digits to end the game. Markieff Morris had 15 points while Marc Gasol had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots.

Jimmy Butler had 28 points and Bam Adebayo scored 18, but it wasn’t enough as Miami fell to Memphis, 124-112. The Grizzlies outscored Miami, 13-5 to start the fourth quarter and led by as many as 15 at 109-94.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Los Angeles Lakers +9 (-110) +345 O 203½ (-110)
Miami Heat -9 (-110) -425 U 203½ (-110)

Advantage, Los Angeles: 

Los Angeles Lakers LogoThe Lakers have to keep their offense in a high place until James and Davis return and the emergence off Talen Horton-Tucker has been a key in that regard. He has averaged 16 points per game and made 19-of-37 shots over the last three games. He thrives in transition and is a hard matchup because of this athletic ability and he tied his season high with three triples on Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

Key Lakers Stat:

With the win over the Raptors, the Lakers went to 21-3 when having more assists that their opponents as they held Toronto to a season low 17 assists. The Lakers’ defense has held opponents to 40 percent from the floor on 10 occasions and Los Angeles is 10-0.

Lakers Fact:

Montrezl Harrell (14.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg) was ejected on Tuesday in the first quarter, but the big man from Louisville has to keep himself focused as he has been solid in the middle with Davis out. As Andre Drummond’s toe becomes better and he and Harrell will be able to man the pivot until Davis is able to rejoin the team.

Advantage, Miami:

Miami Heat LogoThe Heat defense continues to be one of the top units in the NBA as Miami allows only 44.7 percent from the floor (3rd/NBA). The Heat also force 15.1 turnovers per game and score an average of 17.5 points off those turnovers. Much of the equation is that the Heat have so many dynamic defensive players who can guard different positions which is tough for any offense because players are consistently having to change how they attack with the offense. Miami holds opponents to a league low 40.3 percent in the paint.

Key Heat Stat:

Miami is finding threes, but not knocking them down as they did last season. The Heat is shooting 34.6 percent from three (28th/NBA) as Duncan Robinson has been the only consistent shooter from behind the arc with 177 makes as he shoots 40.6 percent. The biggest difference is Tyler Herro who is at 33.9 percent after making 38.9 percent a year ago as a rookie.

Heat fact:

Playing inside out with Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler gives Miami a big advantage with the size and skill with their bigs. In tonight’s matchup with the Lakers, look for Miami to go to the boxes vs. Harrell and the ailing Drummond. Adebayo shoots 56.8 percent while Butler is at 53.6 percent from two. LA defends at a 51.5 percent clip from inside the arc, but of course it is different with a shot blocker like Davis out with an injury.

Winner: Heat 106, Lakers (+9) 100

The Bets
Lakers +9
-110
Miami
-425
OVER 203½
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.