The Miami Heat (20-18) visit the Los Angeles Lakers (16-21) at Crypto.com Arena on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. The contest begins at 10:00 PM ET and airs on ESPN. The Heat are 8.5-point favorites in the game, the second matchup between the teams this season. The matchup has a 224 point total.
How to bet Heat vs. Lakers
Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers Odds
The spread for this matchup is set at 8.5 points, with bookmakers listing the Heat as the favorites.
As for the moneyline, the Heat have -358 odds to pick up the win, while the Lakers are listed at +283 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 224 points.
Heat vs. Lakers Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
- Game Time: 10:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN
- Location: Los Angeles, California
- Arena: Crypto.com Arena
Heat vs. Lakers Betting Trends
In the Heat’s 38 games this year, they have 14 wins against the spread. Miami has been the favorite in 26 games this season and has come away with the win 16 times (61.5%) in those contests. Heat games this year have gone over the total in 18 out of 37 opportunities (48.6%).
Against the spread, the Lakers are 15-21-1 this season. Los Angeles has won 37% of the games this season it was the underdog on the moneyline (10-17). Lakers games this season have hit the over on 22 of 37 set point totals (59.5%).
Potential Starting Lineups and Key Players
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Heat: Nikola Jovic: Out (Back), Caleb Martin: Probable (Quadricep), Gabe Vincent: Probable (Knee), Duncan Robinson: Out (Finger), Udonis Haslem: Questionable (Achilles), Dewayne Dedmon: Questionable (Foot), Omer Yurtseven: Out (Ankle)
Lakers: Russell Westbrook: Probable (Foot), LeBron James: Out (Illness), Lonnie Walker: Out (Tailbone), Anthony Davis: Out (Foot)
What you need to know about the Miami Heat
Miami has been forced to lean on its defense, which ranks third-best in the NBA (109.4 points allowed per game), as it ranks worst in the league offensively with just 109 points per contest. Offensively the Heat have fared better at home this season, posting 110 points per game, compared to 108.1 per game away from home. On offense, the Heat have picked up their output slightly over their last 10 games, scoring 112.3 points per contest over that stretch as opposed to the 109 they’ve racked up over the course of this season.
Miami is draining 12.5 treys per game (12th-ranked in league). It sports a 34.1% shooting percentage (22nd-ranked) from downtown. This year, the Heat have taken 57.8% two-pointers, accounting for 68.3% of the team’s baskets. They have shot 42.2% three-pointers (31.7% of the team’s baskets).
What you need to know about the Los Angeles Lakers
In 2022-23, Los Angeles is seventh in the league offensively (116.1 points scored per game) and fourth-worst on defense (117.6 points conceded). At home, the Lakers average 117.2 points per game. Away, they average 115.3. The Lakers are averaging 119.2 points per game over their last 10 games, which is 3.1 more than their average for the season (116.1).
Beyond the arc, Los Angeles is second-worst in the league in 3-pointers made per game (10.4). And it is fifth-worst in 3-point percentage at 33.8%. The Lakers attempt 34.7% percent of their shots from beyond the arc, and 65.3% percent from inside it. In terms of makes, 24.3% of the Lakers’ baskets are 3-pointers, and 75.7% are 2-pointers.
Heat vs. Lakers Predictions and Pick
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