Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5 NBA Finals. The golden opportunity, the title is close for the Lakers. The series is being totally dominated by LeBron and company, but the Heat have not stopped insisting. The problem for the Heat is the tough defense the Lakers put up in every game. Spoelstra knows how to defend, but Vogel is a machine planning Lakers games.
Miami Heat: Win to stop them.
The Heat lost the first two games of this series 98-116 and 124-114. Two defeats that announced the difficult challenge that they had ahead. But not all is lost. In the third game the offense did a good job and they won 115-104. Another victory was expected in Game 4, but the Lakers won 102-96 to lead the series 3-1.
The team is scoring an average of 105.75 points in the finals. 50% FG points, 24 points per quarter. The second half is usually the best in the last four games with 49 points on average. Defense is still one of the best in the playoffs. But against the Lakers in the finals the team is allowing up to 111.5 points.
Dragic was badly missed during the fourth game. It is not yet clear if Dragic will be available for the fifth game. Dragic has a foot injury. Tyler Herro has been covering for Goran’s absence but it hasn’t been enough. Butler could barely score 22 points, Herro 21 and Adebayo 15. Spoelstra barely used three players from the bench.
Los Angeles Lakers: Closer than ever.
The Lakers only need to win tonight to be crowned champions of the season. A difficult year that could end with a good result for James, Davis, Kuzma and the other players. The defensive work has been impeccable almost perfect. In Game 4 victory the Lakers were dominant in offensive rebounds, Field Goals and Assists.
The Lakers’ dominance in this series is evident. The team has never stopped scoring more than 100 points per game, while the Heat have two games with less than 100 points. The defense is doing the hard work. Up to 25.5 points per quarter in this series. So far the offense is still number one in the postseason. But strategy is a combination of both.
LeBron James was the top scorer of the fourth game with 28 points. 8 assists and 12 rebounds. James is playing a totally different role compared to what he did with the Cavaliers and Heat. The responsibilities within the Lakers are distributed in Davis, Caldwell-Pope, Green and Kuzma. The bench is contributing 15+ points on average to win games.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers 10/09/2020 is: Miami Heat +7.5 (SPREAD).
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