Los Angeles Lakers (32-19) at Miami Heat (26-25)
NBA Basketball: Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 7:30 pm (AmericanAirlines Arena)
The Line: Miami Heat -7.5 -- Over/Under: 204 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat meet Thursday in NBA action at the AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 110 points on 47.6 percent shooting and allowing 105.8 points on 45.3 percent shooting. LeBron James is averaging 25.4 points and 7.9 rebounds while Anthony Davis is averaging 22.5 points and three assists. Dennis Schroder is the third double-digit scorer and Montrezl Harrell is grabbing 6.7 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Los Angeles Lakers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 45.2 rebounds per game.
The Miami Heat look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Miami Heat are averaging 106.5 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 107.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jimmy Butler is averaging 21.4 points and 7.3 assists while Bam Adebayo is averaging 19.2 points and 9.6 rebounds. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and Kendrick Nunn is grabbing 3.1 rebounds. The Miami Heat are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 78.7 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Heat are allowing 36.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 42.5 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Heat are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 35-17 in Lakers last 52 overall. The over is 5-2 in Heat last 7 overall. The Lakers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Los Angeles Lakers are keeping their head afloat without AD and LeBron, but they're still losing in the underdog role by an average of 8.5 points while allowing 49.9 percent shooting from the field. The Miami Heat already beat the Lakers on the road back in February, and they'll have motivation on their side here once again given that these Lakers beat them in the NBA Finals. At home, this is a game the Heat should win comfortably given the Lakers are still without their two best players. I'll lay the chalk with the home team.