Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The NBA’s two top scorers go head to head tonight as Lebron James and the Miami heat host Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Heat are -5.5 point favorites over the Lakers.

The Heat returned home from a disappointing road trip and for a while their it looked like their were heading for their fourth straight loss in Tuesdays game against the San Antonio Spurs, that was of course until their second half explosion. With star Dwayne Wade still sitting on the sidelines, Miami let the San Antonio do whatever they wanted on offense as they trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half. However, it was a completely different story when the teams returned from the locker rooms as the Heat outscored the Spurs 39-12 in the third quarter to take control of the game for good. Lebron James led the comeback with a game high 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Chris Bosh added 30 of his own in the come from behind victory.

Kobe Bryant’s streak of 40 point games came to an end on Monday night, but it didn’t matter as the Lakers got the revenge they were looking for after defeating the defending champion Dallas Mavericks 70-73 to improve to 10-5 overall. Having scored 40 or more points in each of the Lakers past four games, Kobe struggled against Dallas, hitting just 7-22 from the field for 14 points. However, Derrick Fisher would be the hero on Monday night as he hit the game winning three with a little over three seconds remaining  to end Mavs six game winning streak. Los Angeles has now won seven of their last nine games as they continue their climb up the Western Conference standings.

Head to head, the Lakers are 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings and 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Miami, while the underdog is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The Heat are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 home games, but just 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Western Conference. The Lakers on the other hand are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games.

Wade is expected to miss tonight’s game, so the Lakers catch a break there. Los Angeles did get a solid win at Utah last week, however they have really struggled on the road this season as all of their four losses away from home have come by eight points or greater. The Heat on the other hand have looked downright dominant in their last two home games against San Antonio and Indiana, with Wade on the sidelines. Give me the Heat here.

Pick

Miami Heat -5.5 Los Angeles Lakers

January 20, 2012 by : Posted in NBA, Sportsbook No Comments

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