Los Angeles Lakers vs Miami Heat prediction & preview 22.12.16
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The Los Angeles Lakers hit the alley to yield on the Miami Heat for a Thursday night contest. This is the aboriginal of two affairs amid the Lakers and Heat. Both teams access the bold struggling. Los Angeles has absent 10 of its endure 11 while Miami eight of their endure 10 games. Louis Williams leads a counterbalanced Lakers advance with 18.8 credibility a game. The Heat are led by Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside. Dragic is averaging 19.1 credibility and 6.7 assists, Whiteside is averaging 18.1 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. Los Angeles is 14th in the alliance in scoring (104.7 ppg) and Miami is 25th (98.4 ppg). Will D’Angelo Russell advance the Lakers to a bare win?
The Lakers are advancing off one of the a lot of black losses of the division as they blew a big backward advance to Charlotte and absent 117-113 on Tuesday. The Lakers in fact led by 19 credibility but they went algid in the additional half. Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 25 credibility while Nick Adolescent had 24.
“At the end of the game, it angry into guys were aggravating to accomplish the big plays themselves instead of accomplishing it with the aggregation abstraction and the brawl movement,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “It’s accustomed for adolescent teams. It’s why it’s harder to abutting amateur out, abnormally on the road. It was a acceptable acquirements acquaintance for us, that if things get boxy it’s even added important to calculation on your teammates and accumulate dupe the system.”
The alley cruise for the Lakers has not gone able-bodied as they accept alone four of 5 on this 7-game trip. They now accept to face Miami and Orlando on a back-to-back to end the trip.
The Lakers are scoring 105 credibility per bold while acceptance 111 per contest. They are 9-9 ATS on the alley with 9 traveling under, 8 traveling over with 1 push.
The Heat are just 6-9 ATS at home this division with eight traveling over and seven traveling under. Miami is scoring about 98 credibility per bold while acceptance about 102 per contest.
Miami is aswell advancing off conceivably their a lot of black accident of the division as they fell in overtime 136-130 to Orlando on Tuesday. Hassan Whiteside is one amateur who was actual unhappy. “That was the a lot of black accident of the season. We had so abounding affairs to win this game.” Whiteside had a career-high 32 credibility with 15 rebounds. Tyler Johnson aswell had 32 credibility in the loss.
A absent its additional bold in a row on Tuesday night, falling to the Hornets, 117-113, in a bold area the amethyst and gold let go of a 19-point advance and accomplished with a season-high 73 first-half credibility and 16 threes.
Guards Nick Adolescent and Jordan Clarkson accumulated for 12 of those three-pointers, and racked up 25 and 24 points, respectively. Meanwhile, four added Lakers aswell denticulate in bifold figures: D’Angelo Russell (15), Lou Williams (16), Luol Deng (11) and Larry Nance Jr. (10).
Speaking of Nance, he limped off the cloister afterwards abasing his larboard knee in the third aeon and did not return. The aggregation has disqualified him out indefinitely with a cartilage bruise.
Nance’s energy, hustle and athleticism will absolutely be absent by the Lakers, who’ve absent 10 of their endure 11 amateur but are 3-0 ATS in their antecedent three. This aswell agency added burden for Julius Randle (12.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG) to advance himself, abnormally at the arresting end area Los Angeles ranks 29th overall.
The Kentucky artefact was captivated to eight credibility against Charlotte, but compensated for it with six boards, four assists and a career-high 5 blocks.
Miami burst alert in a double-overtime accident to Orlando on Tuesday night, abandonment a five-point advance in the fourth division and a four-point advance in the aboriginal added session.
Backup point bouncer Tyler Johnson delivered a career-high of 32 credibility off the bench, while Hassan Whiteside angry a career-best 32 credibility forth with 15 rebounds to accord him his 22nd double-double of the season. Those efforts were wasted, unfortunately.
Goran Dragic aswell pitched in 19 credibility of his own for the Heat, who are now losers of their endure three contests and eight of their antecedent 11. But they should be in position for a achievement after tonight against an also-struggling Lakers band that’s just 5-13 beeline up (9-9 ATS) on the alley this season.
Dragic (19.1 PPG) and Whiteside (18.1 PPG) has led Miami this division with about 20 credibility per game. The team’s defense, which ranks 12th in the alliance in ability and ninth in credibility accustomed up, has been there to accumulate them competitive, admitting acceptable just a absolute of nine amateur appropriately far.
The Heat, however, accept accustomed their endure three opponents to account aloft 100 points—all of which resulted into setbacks. They’ve got to absolute the Lakers beneath that mark, or abroad it could be addition boxy accident for Miami.