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NBA Finals Game 2: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers (Saturday 02:10 BST)
Game 1 could not have gone much better for the Los Angeles Lakers and much worse for the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis tortured the Heat once again as he racked up 34 points and nine rebounds in a blow-out 116-98 victory that saw Miami lose Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragic to injury, while Jimmy Butler was forced to battle with an injured ankle during the second half. Butler and Adebayo are expected to be ready for Game 2, but Dragic’s status for the rest of the series is in question.
So after a pretty disastrous first game, can the Heat bounce back to level the NBA Finals at one-apiece or will the Lakers take another stride towards the championship with a victory in Game 2 on Friday night?
If Miami are to level this series up they need to find a way to slow down Anthony Davis because that is something they have not been able to do throughout the interrupted 2019/20 campaign. These two teams have now gone head-to-head three times this season, including two regular season meetings, and on all three occasions they had no answers for the 27-year-old, who has now totalled 93 points across those three games to average 31 points every time he steps out on court against the Heat. He has also contributed 27 rebounds for an average of nine per meeting.
Davis has been in red-hot form during the latter stages of the postseason too, so while Miami may be tough defensively, until they can find a way to slow down Davis it is difficult to see how they are going to beat LA. Jimmy Butler himself admitted they are going to have to be “damn near perfect” to beat the Lakers and given what we have seen through three meetings and the injury issues coming out of Game 1, it is difficult to see a “perfect” performance coming from the Heat in Game 2 on Friday night. I simply have to recommend putting your money on Los Angeles here.
The Lakers delivered a 23/10 winner for us on Wednesday night as they erased a -5.5 handicap in a game that saw under 217.5 points, and I expect we will see similar scenes as they take Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA Finals series. And of course, after what we have seen in the last three encounters I expect Davis to be leading the charge with at least 30 points.
NBA Finals Predictions & Tips: Game 2
- Line / Total Double Lakers -7.5 to win & -217.5 total points 9/4
- Same Game Multi Lakers -7.5 to win & Anthony Davis to score +29.5 points 2/1