The Lakers are just 8-9 against the NBA betting odds though. They should get tested on Friday in an ESPN televised contest against the Miami Heat.
Basketball betting saw these two teams split last year’s series with each team winning a game. This is the 43rd matchup in the all-time series with the Lakers holding the 28-14 lead. The teams have split their last 10 games. Los Angeles has gone 6-1 in the last seven home games against Miami.
The schedule does the Heat no favors in this basketball betting game. Miami is playing the third game in four nights on this four-game road trip. They were at Denver last night in basketball betting and played in Portland on Tuesday. They finish the trip at Sacramento on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Lakers haven’t played since beating New Orleans on Tuesday. The Lakers have nothing to say about their schedule but it has been extremely kind early in the basketball betting season. The Lakers have played 13 home games and only four road contests. And it doesn’t change for a while either as they have three more games left on this homestand before heading out on the road. Everything evens out in the end but Los Angeles has greatly benefited from their early season NBA betting schedule.
In 23 games including 19 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 23.9 points against Miami. The Heat lost the last game at Los Angeles 108-105 a year ago but they did cover the NBA betting odds. The other game between the two teams last basketball betting season was an 89-87 home win for Miami.
In this basketball betting series, seven of the last ten games have gone under the total. That number is tilted more toward the games in Miami though since three of the last four in Los Angeles have gone over in NBA betting.
The Lakers are 6th in the league in scoring and 9th in fewest points allowed as basketball betting stats show. Anytime a team is ranked in the Top 10 in both of those two categories they are going to do well. Miami is also in the Top 10 in defense but their offense, even with Dwyane Wade is below average in basketball betting. The Heat have been a good team on the road this season versus the basketball betting line and even with no rest, they could be worth a look in this basketball betting contest.