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Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat Pick & Prediction APR 8TH 2021

FinishedTV: SPECSN | TNTAmerican Airlines Arena Miami

563Los Angeles Lakers
564Miami Heat

OP
206
-9
CU
204o -110
-9.5 -110
ML
360
-450
Partials
1 2 3 4
27 29 24 24
32 22 29 27
Score
104
110
Recap

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Los Angeles vs. Miami Recap APR 8TH 2021

LeBron James capped another illustrious title run with 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Los Angeles Lakers earned their record-tying 17th championship with a 106-93 rout of the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night near Orlando.

Anthony Davis had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo scored 19 for the Lakers, who matched the Boston Celtics for most titles in league history with their first championship since 2010. James, named Finals Most Valuable Player, earned his fourth title with his third different team. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 17 points for Los Angeles, which had missed the playoffs each of the previous six seasons.

Bam Adebayo had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Jimmy Butler and Jae Crowder scored 12 each for the Heat, whose Cinderella run at the NBA bubble came to an end. Goran Dragic returned from four games missed with a foot injury, but it wasn't enough for Miami to force a Game 7 after falling behind 3-1 in the series.

The Lakers never trailed, first-year coach Frank Vogel shaking things up from the tip by starting Alex Caruso over Dwight Howard and shifting Davis to center. Caruso had only made two starts all season. The move paid off, as Los Angeles effectively put the game away by outscoring Miami 36-16 in the second quarter.

A 13-0 run in the period, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Caldwell-Pope, had the Lakers up by 30, 64-34, with 49.6 seconds left in the half. The margin was 28 at the break, the second-largest halftime lead in NBA Finals history.

Davis and Caldwell-Pope each had 15 points at the break, and Rondo was a spark off the bench with 13 on 6-of-6 shooting. James had 11 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the first half. Butler was held to eight points on 3-of-7 shooting, as the Heat shot 34.2 percent from the floor as a team over the first 24 minutes.

Intermission did little to slow down Los Angeles, which led by as much as 36 before finishing the third quarter up 87-58. Ahead 103-86 with 1:27 remaining, James and Davis went to the bench to begin celebrating with teammates.

--Field Level Media

Since LeBron James injured his ankle on March 20, the Los Angeles Lakers are scoring just 99.7 points per 100 possessions -- the second-worst average in the NBA during that span.

On Thursday night, the Lakers -- still without their two superstars in James and Anthony Davis (calf injury) -- will be searching for offense as they visit the Miami Heat in a rematch of the 2020 NBA Finals, won by Los Angeles.

The Lakers are 4-6 without James this season and 15-13 without Davis.

Lakers center Andre Drummond, acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on March 28, has missed the past three games due to a toe injury, further complicating matters. Drummond, a two-time All-Star who has led the NBA in rebounding in four of the past five years, might be able to play against the Heat.

Without James (25.4 scoring average) and Davis (22.5), the Lakers' offense usually turns to Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma. All three are averaging between 12 and 15 points.

In addition, Lakers coach Frank Vogel has taken his team back to school, in a sense, to try to improve its offense.

"We've shown a lot of offensive game tape of late," Vogel said. "We're focusing on offensive fundamentals."

In Los Angeles' most recent win, a 110-101 road victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, the Lakers improved offensively, shooting 60 percent from the floor in the first half and 49.4 percent for the game. The Lakers also shot 18-for-40 on three-pointers (45.0 percent).

Miami, meanwhile, beat the host Lakers 96-94 on Feb. 20 in their only meeting so far this season. James had 19 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in that game, but the Lakers were without Davis and Schroder.

For Miami in that game, the Heat played without Goran Dragic (sprained left ankle) and lost Tyler Herro after 14 minutes due to a hip pointer.

The Heat, meanwhile, have won four of their past five games, although they lost 124-112 at home to the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Within the past month, the Grizzlies have snapped a Heat five-game win streak and then a Miami four-game run.

"We're much better than we showed," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said on Tuesday. "It shows how fragile things can be in this league. You're playing well and ..."

Miami is 2-1 since shooting guard Victor Oladipo joined its lineup following a trade with the Houston Rockets. Oladipo, who was averaging 21.2 points with the Rockets, has scored six, eight and 16 points, respectively, in his first three games with Miami.

During that span, Oladipo has made 11-for-35 from the floor. His addition to the lineup has also had an impact on teammate Kendrick Nunn, who has gone from starter to zero playing time over the past three games.

The Heat, who are as healthy as they have been all season, will continue to rely on Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Butler leads Miami in scoring (21.4), assists (7.3) and steals (2.0).

Adebayo is second in scoring (19.2) and assists (5.4) while ranking first in rebounds (9.6) and blocks (1.2).

Herro (15.6), Dragic (13.3) and Duncan Robinson (13.1) add scoring punch along with Oladipo as he makes the adjustment to his new team.

--Field Level Media

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GAMES

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W 50% L 50%
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  • Boston L 121 - 113
  • @Charlotte W 101 - 93
  • @New York L 96 - 111
  • @Brooklyn W 126 - 101
  • @Miami L 104 - 110
  • @Toronto W 110 - 101
  • @L.A. Clippers L 86 - 104
  • @Sacramento W 115 - 94
W 60% L 40%
6 4
  • Houston W 91 - 113
  • Brooklyn W 107 - 109
  • @Minnesota L 111 - 119
  • @Denver L 106 - 123
  • @Phoenix L 86 - 106
  • @Portland W 107 - 98
  • L.A. Lakers W 104 - 110
  • Memphis L 124 - 112
  • Cleveland W 101 - 115
  • Golden State W 109 - 116

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  • Chicago(01-30-19) L 105 - 89
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Last Meetings

  • Lakers @ Heat 104-110
  • Heat @ Lakers 96-94
  • Lakers @ Heat 106-93
  • Heat @ Lakers 111-108
  • Lakers @ Heat 102-96
  • Lakers @ Heat 104-115
  • Heat @ Lakers 114-124
  • Heat @ Lakers 98-116
  • Heat @ Lakers 105-108
  • Lakers @ Heat 113-97

Eastern Conference

NBA AtlanticWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Philadelphia 76ers3918.684 22-617-12113.4108.4L17-0-3
Brooklyn Nets3919.672 23-716-12119.1114.4L16-0-4
New York Knicks3227.542 19-1013-17106.2104.3L28-0-2
Boston Celtics3127.534 18-1113-16112.4110.4L18-0-2
Toronto Raptors2434.414 14-1510-19112.0111.3L26-0-4
NBA CentralWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Milwaukee Bucks3522.614 18-1017-12119.3113.2L25-0-5
Indiana Pacers2631.456 9-1717-14113.5114.4L35-0-5
Chicago Bulls2433.421 11-1813-15112.0113.2L55-0-5
Cleveland Cavaliers2037.351 11-169-21103.8111.0L33-0-7
Detroit Pistons1840.310 11-167-24107.6111.3L14-0-6

Western Conference

NBA NorthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Utah Jazz4315.741 26-317-12116.9107.7L16-0-4
Denver Nuggets3720.649 20-1017-10115.7110.3L28-0-2
Portland Trail Blazers3224.571 16-1216-12114.3114.7L14-0-6
Oklahoma City Thunder2038.345 9-2011-18105.3114.3L111-0-10
Minnesota Timberwolves1543.259 10-195-24110.2118.1L13-0-7
NBA PacificWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Phoenix Suns4116.719 23-918-7114.7108.2L18-0-2
Los Angeles Clippers4019.678 23-817-11115.0108.1L18-0-2
Los Angeles Lakers3523.603 17-1318-10109.9106.1L15-0-5
Golden State Warriors2929.500 17-1012-19112.9113.3L16-0-4
Sacramento Kings2334.404 12-1611-18114.3118.6L91-0-9

Eastern Conference

NBA SoutheastWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Atlanta Hawks3226.552 16-1116-15113.4111.2L18-0-2
Miami Heat3028.517 17-1313-15106.5107.4L36-0-4
Charlotte Hornets2829.491 14-1214-17110.0111.4L14-0-6
Washington Wizards2433.421 13-1611-17114.0118.1L17-0-3
Orlando Magic1840.310 10-208-20104.2112.0L31-0-9

Western Conference

NBA SouthwestWL PRCHOMEAWAYPFPAST L10
Dallas Mavericks3026.536 13-1417-12111.3110.0L25-0-5
Memphis Grizzlies2927.518 13-1616-11113.8112.2L16-0-4
San Antonio Spurs2828.500 12-1816-10110.6111.1L24-0-6
New Orleans Pelicans2533.431 16-159-18114.7115.4L44-0-6
Houston Rockets1543.259 7-218-22107.9114.9L12-0-8

Last Injuries

Miami Heat

  • Jimmy Butler

    Ankle
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Butler has been held out of the previous two contests with a right ankle sprain, and it is unclear if he will suit up against the Spurs on Wednesday.

  • Bam Adebayo

    Knee
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Adebayo sat out the previous game with right knee soreness, and it is undetermined if he will be available for Wednesday's tilt with the Spurs.

  • Tyler Herro

    Foot
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Herro was absent from the lineup in the last contest with right foot soreness, and it has yet to be established if he will dress for Wednesday's battle with the Spurs.

  • Gabe Vincent

    Knee
    Prob Wed | probable

    Vincent is tending to a knee injury, but it is projected that he will be in the lineup versus the Spurs on Wednesday.

  • Gabe Vincent

    Knee
    Prob Mon | probable

    Vincent is bothered by a knee injury, but it is likely that he will he will be active versus the Rockets on Monday.

  • Goran Dragic

    Back
    Prob Mon | probable

    Dragic is hampered by a back injury, but he is projected to dress against the Rockets on Monday.

  • Andre Iguodala

    Hip
    Prob Mon | out

    Iguodala is managing left hip soreness, but it is projected that he will take the court against the Rockets on Monday.

  • Andre Iguodala

    Hip
    Prob Sun | probable

    Iguodala missed the last game due to a hip injury, but it is expected that he will take the court for Sunday's battle with the Nets.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Anthony Davis

    Calf
    Ques Thurs | out

    Davis is out of the lineup with a right calf strain, and it has yet to be determined if he will return to the court against the Mavericks on Thursday.

  • Markieff Morris

    Ankle
    Prob Mon | probable

    Morris is managing an ankle injury, but he is expected to take the court against the Jazz on Monday.

  • Dennis Schroder

    Foot
    Prob Mon | probable

    Schroder is projected to suit up for Monday's battle with the Jazz despite a foot injury.

  • Marc Gasol

    Finger
    Prob Mon | probable

    Gasol missed the previous game battling a left pinkie finger fracture, but it is anticipated that he will be active versus the Jazz on Monday.

  • Dennis Schroder

    Foot
    Prob Sat | probable

    Schroder is tending to a foot injury, but it is anticipated that he will be available to face the Jazz on Saturday.

  • Kyle Kuzma

    Calf
    Prob Sat | probable

    Kuzma is dealing with a calf injury, but he is likely to take the court to battle the Jazz on Saturday.

  • Wesley Matthews

    Achilles
    Prob Sat | probable

    Matthews is hampered by an achilles injury, but he is expected to be active for Saturday's tilt with the Jazz.

  • Markieff Morris

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Morris has missed the past two games with a left ankle sprain, but he is likely to participant in Saturday's showdown against the Jazz.