Miami Heat vs Lakers

Miami Heat Vs LA Lakers Expert NBA Betting Pick

Written by on March 29, 2016

The top seeds in each of the NBA conferences appear to be locked and loaded, which means we now have to pay attention to the scrambling that is going on below them. The race in the Eastern Conference is particularly tight, and the Southeast Division has now taken on a high level of importance. The winner of that division will lock up the 3rd seed, while the second place finisher could drop as low as #6.The Miami Heat are a game out of the top spot in the Southeast right now, and with the Atlanta Hawks seemingly starting to hit stride, the Heat need to keep winning in order to keep up with that frantic pace. Miami should be the favorites to take out the LA Lakers on Wednesday night, but these are the types of trip-up games that can potentially put a major dent in your season. You can wager on this one by heading over to the NBA odds page.

Miami Heat Vs LA Lakers Expert NBA Betting Pick

When: Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 PM ESTWhere: Staples Center, LATV: NBATV

Why bet on the Miami Heat

The Heat (43-30) have been in a seesaw battle with the Atlanta Hawks all season long in the Southeast Division, with the Charlotte Hornets also breathing down both their necks. This is a race that looks set to go down to the wire, and it has to be said that Miami has a pretty favorable schedule to close things out. The Heat have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are coming into this one on a modest 2-game winning streak. They have to be a confident bunch for this one, as they have now beaten the Lakers the last 7 times they have faced them. They are also a solid 29-8 versus teams with a losing record this season. Miami are averaging 99.6 PPG, and are giving up 98.2 PPG.

Why bet on the LA Lakers

The LA Lakers (15-59) are a franchise that are synonymous with success, but the current crop of players on that team seem ill-equipped to carry that torch. The Lakers are in a rebuilding phase, and you have to feel a little sorry for Kobe Bryant for having to play his final ever season surrounded by such a weak supporting cast. If you want an idea of just how bad this team is, you need only look at their last outing. The Lakers lost 123-75 to the Utah Jazz, which just happened to be the largest margin of defeat in franchise history. You have to reach bottom in order to start moving up, and the Lakers may finally be there. LA are averaging 97.6 PPG, and are giving up 107.0 PPG.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

There have been occasions where the Lakers have risen up and played well beyond their means this season, but I don’t see it happening against a team involved in such an important divisional battle. I like the Heat to win this one quite comfortably.Miami Heat 106 LA Lakers 94