Heat vs. Lakers - 3/4/15 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Lakers (16-43) at Miami Heat (26-33)
NBA Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: TWC SN, SUN, ESPN
The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat meet Wednesday night at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win after splitting their last six games. On the season, the Lakers are averaging 99.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting and are allowing 106.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Carlos Boozer is averaging 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds while Jordan Hill is averaging 12.4 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Lin is dishing 4.6 assists and Wayne Ellington is shooting 43.5 percent from the field. The Los Angeles Lakers have given up 100-plus points in nine of their last 11 games and have lost eight of those matchups. To make matters worse for the Lakers, they have just one road victory in 2015. Nick Young is questionable with a knee injury.
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The Miami Heat look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, the Heat are averaging 94 points on 45.6 percent shooting and are allowing 96.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Dwyane Wade is averaging 20.6 points and 5.3 assists while Luol Deng is averaging 14.5 points and five rebounds. Mario Chalmers is dishing 4.2 assists and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 9.6 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 46.9 percent from the field in their last five games and have topped 100 points in five of their last nine games. The Heat’s offensive pace has picked up recently, and they’re averaging 104 points in their last five contests. Goran Dragic is questionable with a back injury.
The Lakers are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Heat are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. NBA Pacific and 1-3-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Miami and 3-10 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Heat haven't had many blowouts lately, so I'm staying away from the line. Instead, I'm taking the over, as the Lakers are still allowing points left and right and the Heat's improved offense should put on a show here.