The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers will take on each other Friday, October 9, in Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals. The Lakers are just a step away from their first championship since 2010, but the Heat are ready to upset the odds and prolong the series.
Therefore, Friday’s clash brings plenty of interesting picks and markets and will be a joy to watch. We have prepared the key betting tips and notes along with the best betting pick for the Heat versus Lakers showdown, so let’s take a closer look.
The Heat miss Goran Dragic (foot), while all other guys should be ready to go including Bam Adebayo (neck). The Lakers are at full strength.
What’s at Stake?
The Lakers are searching for their 17th title in franchise history, looking to tie with the Celtics for the most championships in NBA history. On the other side, the Heat are in a must-win situation. They will try to become the second team in NBA Finals history to overcome a 3-1 deficit.
The Heat beat the Lakers 115-104 in Game 3 to cut the deficit after a couple of poor displays at the start of the series. However, they stumbled again in Game 4, and it seems the Lakers have the momentum back on their side.
“I felt that vibe. I felt that pressure,” LeBron James said after Game 4. “I felt like, for me personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career.”
The previous contest was arguably the most exciting one in these finals, as neither side had a double-digit lead. Miami was up by five, while LA led by as many as nine points.
The stake was huge and it affected both teams. The Heat shot only 42.7% from the field while handing out just 18 assists. The Lakers made 44.3% of their field goals and posted three boards more than their rivals (42-39). Both teams committed 15 turnovers each and combined for just 66 points in the paint.
The Lakers controlled the game down the stretch. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored five points in the last four minutes, while Anthony Davis hit a big triple to make it 100-91 with 39.5 seconds to go in the fourth quarter.
Davis finished Tuesday’s clash with 22 points and nine boards after tallying only 15 points and five rebounds in Game 3. LeBron James had another good game, accounting for 28 points, 12 boards, and eight dimes, while Caldwell-Pope added 15 points and five assists.
On the other side, Bam Adebayo returned for the Heat after a two-game absence. He had 15 points and seven rebounds in 33 minutes on the floor. Jimmy Butler scored 22 points to go with 10 rebounds and nine assists, while Tyler Herro added 21 points and seven rebounds.
The Lakers failed to cover a 7.5-point spread in Game 4, so I’m pleased that I suggested you buy a couple of points and take the Lakers as 5.5-point favorites. Taking the alternative lines is sometimes crucial, especially when stakes are huge, so I’m teasing the Lakers once more.
The Heat certainly stand a chance of winning this one, and I think they will keep it close. Still, the Lakers have been dominant down the stretch of most of their games this postseason. LeBron and his teammates know what they need to do to win big games, so I have to stick with the Lakers.