Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 11/18/18 NBA Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers (8-7) at Miami Heat (6-9)

NBA Basketball: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm (American Airlines Arena)

The Line: Miami Heat -2 -- Over/Under: 228 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat meet Sunday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Los Angeles Lakers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 116.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 115.6 points on 45.9 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 27.6 points and 7.2 assists while Kyle Kuzma is averaging 17.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 36 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 36.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 46.1 rebounds per game. The Los Angeles Lakers have split their last six road games.

The Miami Heat are getting desperate for a victory after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Miami Heat are averaging 110.1 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 110.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Josh Richardson is averaging 20.6 points and 3.3 assists while Goran Dragic is averaging 16.3 points and 4.7 assists. Dwyane Wade is the third double-digit scorer and Hassan Whiteside is grabbing 14.9 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 71.8 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Miami Heat have lost four of their last five home games.

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The Lakers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Lakers are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Miami and the underdog is 14-6 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The under is 6-1 in Lakers last 7 overall and the over is 9-2 in Heat last 11 overall.

Right when it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers were ready to turn the corner, they get blown out by a bad Orlando Magic team and go back to not playing defense. The Miami Heat are a bad basketball team in their own right, but they do seem to get up for LeBron whenever he comes to town. Since leaving the Heat, LeBron either sits out or watches his team get smoked whenever he returns to the American Airlines Arena. I also like the fact the Heat have turned up the defensive pressure as of late, which will be key against a Lakers team that lacks shooters. I'll lay the bucket with the Heat.

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Randy’s Pick Miami Heat -2

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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