Los Angeles Lakers (26-34) at Miami Heat (32-29)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30 pm (American Airlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -4 -- Over/Under: 215.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat meet Thursday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 107.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 109.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Brandon Ingram is averaging 16.2 points and 3.8 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 15.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. Julius Randle is the third double-digit scorer and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 35 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.6 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last eight road games.
The Miami Heat need a victory here after losing eight of their last 11 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 101.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 101.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Goran Dragic is averaging 17.5 points and 4.9 assists while Hassan Whiteside is averaging 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds. Josh Richardson is the third double-digit scorer and Tyler Johnson is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 75.4 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.9 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have won three straight home games.
The Lakers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Heat are 8-21-4 ATS in their last 33 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. NBA Pacific and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Lakers are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Miami, the home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the under is 10-4 in the last 14 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers are putting together their best winning stretch probably in years and are a young team playing with confidence. However, it's improtant to note that a lot of those teams the Lakers have beat up on are clubs that are playing for the lottery at this point. Also, word is that the Lakers got into Miami a couple of days ago, which is never a good idea. A young team and the Miami nightlife don't mix when trying to play a basketball game. The Miami Heat are also fighting for better playoff position after a big win over the 76ers. Give me the Heat and the reasonable chalk.