Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat - 12/25/13
Miami Heat (21-6) at Los Angeles Lakers (13-15)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, December 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm (STAPLES Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Lakers +9 -- Over/Under: 202 See the Latest Odds
LeBron James and the Miami Heat go for their sixth straight win on Christmas Day when they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Heat have won seven of their last eight and will be looking for a sixth straight win on Christmas Day after sneaking past the Hawks by 121-119 in overtime on Monday. LeBron James led the way with 38 points on 16 of 28 shooting while Ray Allen added 19 points filling in for Dwyane Wade in the starting lineup as the Heat rallied back from a seven-point deficit with just 90 seconds left in the game to force overtime where they outscored the Hawks by 10-8 to improve to 21-6 on the season and 14-2 at home. Wade sat out this game to rest his knees but is expected to play against the LA.
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Meanwhile, the Lakers have lost six of their last nine and will be looking to avoid a third straight loss after getting blown out by Suns on Monday. Nick Young led the scoring with 19 points off the bench while Jodie Meeks added 18, but the Lakers were simply outplayed across the board as the Suns outrebounded them by 62-39 while regularly scorching them from the three point line where they made 14 of 32. With the loss, LA fell to 13-15 on the season and 6-9 on the road. Once again, the Lakers had to play without a recognized point guard but are expected to have Jordan Farmar back on the court against the Heat.
In ATS trends, the Heat are 7-2 ATS in their last nine road games and 19-8 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a losing record, while the Lakers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
Head to head, the Heat are 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings and 4-1 ATS in the last five in Los Angeles.
The Lakers have been in desperate need of a point guard for a while now and they'll get a decent one in Farmar tonight, but they'll need more than that if they want to upset the Heat tonight. With that being said, I can't go past the Heat to win and cover here, especially with Wade playing.