The Los Angeles Lakers were dominant in the regular season and they'll aim to take one more step toward an NBA Championship when they face the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the 2020 NBA Finals on Friday night. After a convincing win on Wednesday, the Lakers are three victories away from a 17th Larry O'Brien Trophy. Superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis were dominant in Game 1, combining for 59 of the Lakers' 116 points. Davis enters Friday's showdown averaging 29.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists in the NBA Playoffs, while James has recorded a double-double in seven of his last eight games.
Tip-off for Game 2 is set for 9 p.m ET. Los Angeles is listed as a 10-point favorite in the latest Lakers vs. Heat odds from William Hill. The over-under, or total number of points expected, sits at 216.5. Before locking in any Heat vs. Lakers picks, be sure to see the NBA predictions from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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- Lakers vs. Heat spread: Lakers -10
- Lakers vs. Heat over-under: 216.5 points
- Lakers vs. Heat money line: Lakers -600, Heat +450
- LAL: The Lakers are 7-2-1 against the spread in the last 10 games
- MIA: The Heat are 6-4 against the spread in the last 10 games
Why the Lakers can cover
The Lakers made a concerted effort to attack the Heat efficiently on offense and wound up having a great shooting night in Game 1. The Lakers shot 15-of-38 from the 3-point line as 10 different players knocked down a shot from beyond the arc.
Davis had 34 points, nine rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots in the win, while James added 25 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. The Lakers enter Friday's contest averaging 114.1 points per game thus far in the playoffs. On the defensive end, Los Angeles is No. 5 in field goal percentage, allowing its opponents to knock down just 44.8 percent of their shots. The Lakers are also generating 7.3 steals and 3.2 blocks per game in the postseason.
Why the Heat can cover
Miami faces an uphill battle on Friday night with both Goran Dragic (foot) and Bam Adebayo (shoulder) out of the lineup. Dragic is averaging almost 20 points per game for the Heat during the postseason, while Adebayo is averaging 17.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the playoffs.
For Miami to keep it close in Game 2, it will take a superstar effort from Jimmy Butler, who scored 23 points in Game 1. The Heat will also need their role players to have a big impact on Friday if they want to even the series. Kendrick Nunn delivered 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting off the bench Wednesday, and Tyler Herro added 14 points despite shooting just 2-of-8 from deep.
How to make Lakers vs. Heat picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, with Miami projected to miss the scoring punch of Dragic and Adebayo, and Kyle Kuzma projected to fall short of his season-long scoring average. It also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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