MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
When: Friday, December 13, 2019, 7:00 ET
Where: AmericanAirlines Arena
Point Spread: NL
Betting Total: N/A
The Miami Heat will put their unbeaten home record on the line Friday night when an old friend comes back to visit.
LeBron James, who led the Heat to two NBA championships, will lead his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers into the AmericanAirlines Arena to face his old team.
The Lakers are on fire, winning five in a row, en route to a 22-3 record. The Heat are hot as well, winning their last three games.
Lakers Trying to Run Away from West
The Los Angeles Lakers come into play with an insane 22-3 record. They have won five in a row and 15 of their last 16. Their most recent win came Wednesday at Orlando, 96-87 over the Magic.
James picked up the slack for the Lakers after they had blown a 24-point lead by assisting on the next three baskets after Orlando tied the score in the fourth quarter. He is averaging 10.8 assists per game, which would be the best total of his brilliant career.
James is also averaging 25.8 points per game. Power forward Anthony Davis, who came to Los Angeles via trade with the New Orleans Pelicans has been outstanding this season.
He is averaging 27.2 points, which leads the team, 9.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocks, and 1.5 steals per game. Kyle Kuzma’s production has dipped this season and he missed the game against Orlando with a left ankle injury. His average is 11.1 points per game, down from the 18.7 he averaged a year ago.
Heat Look to Stay Unbeaten at Home
The Miami Heat come into play with an 18-6 record. They currently sit in second place, 3.5 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks. The Heat have won three in a row and six of their last seven games overall.
They also have two starters injured in Goran Dragic (groin) and Justise Winslow (back). The Heat played the Lakers on November 8 and lost 95-80. They went on a five-game winning streak immediately after that loss.
Much of the Heat’s success can be attributed to the play of point forward Jimmy Butler. Butler leads the team in scoring with 20.6 points, assists with 7.0, and steals with 2.1 per game.
He is third on the team in rebounds with 6.9 boards per game. Center Bam Adabayo, who started just 47 games in his first two seasons in the league, is now a full-time starter and is putting up career numbers. He is averaging 15.3 points, he leads the team with 10.5 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie currently does not have a moneyline, spread, or over/under for this game. It should be an entertaining matchup of two of the top teams in the NBA.
The Lakers will be fresh and ready to go. The Heat will be as well, as they have not played since Tuesday. The Heat are undefeated at home, there is no reason to think that will change. Take the Heat in this one.