On Thursday night on TNT, NBA betting fans will get another look at two of the more glamorous teams in the league, as the Miami Heat take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
Who knew that Kobe Bryant could go through a game and not score 40+ points anymore! Kobe only had 14 in a disastrous offensive game for the Lakers on Tuesday night, but his teammates picked up the slack just a bit and the defense did the rest to beat the Dallas Mavericks 73-70. The fact of the matter is that the basketball odds weren’t covered though, and that marked the third straight game in which the Lakers failed to beat the spread. The threesome of Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum are still carrying this squad, as the three are averaging over 63 points per game, but the rest of this team is having some major, major issues scoring. Derek Fisher, though he did hit the game-winning shot against Dallas, has been a liability offensively, something that Metta World Peace has been for his whole career. Steve Blake and Matt Barnes don’t seem to be the answers either. Perhaps instead of worrying about how to add Dwight Howard to this team, the Lakers should be entertaining the idea of some role players to help Bryant out.
Perhaps with a few days off, Dwyane Wade will be able to get back into the lineup on Thursday night, but we will have to check the late injury report on the game to see whether he will or won’t play against LA. D-Wade missed out against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, but both LeBron James and Chris Bosh were able to score 30+ in the win. Unlike the Lakers though, others seem to be contributing for the Heat. Mike Miller scored 18 in his first game back in the lineup on Tuesday, and Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, and Udonis Haslem are all chipping in. Shane Battier could be better, as could James Jones, but in the end if you look at that combination of players surrounding the stars, you have to think that this is a team that is really more poised to win the championship this year than it was a season ago. Wade and his 19.6 points per game average have to get back on the court, though. This will be the first time that LeBron faces the man that coached him for the first several years in his career since the two both left the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Los Angeles Lakers @ Miami Heat Trends: The Lakers just aren’t good on this Thursday night spotlight. It feels like they are always getting great games against everyone that they play in TNT games, and as a result, they are just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 Thursday nighters. Miami is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 here at the American Airlines Arena. The Heat have won three in a row in this series SU, and dating back to December 2008, they are 6-0 ATS against the Lake Show.
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