Basketball bet action on the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat should be popular on Thursday since the game is being televised on TNT.
It is the first game of a three-game road trip for the Lakers and they have won six of the last ten overall against the Heat. They are only 4-6 against the basketball betting number though.
Basketball bet had the teams playing back in early December in Los Angeles and the Lakers just squeaked out a 108-107 win. They did not cover the 12.5 point basketball betting line. The last time they met in Miami was over a year ago and the Heat won 89-87. Miami has actually won four of their last five at home against the Lakers.
Even though the last two meetings between the Lakers and Heat have gone over the total, usually that is not the case when these two teams play. In fact, the last five meetings at Miami have gone under the basketball bet total.
This will be the 44th meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 29-14 all-time lead. In 24 games including 20 starts, Kobe Bryant is averaging 24.3 points against Miami.
The Lakers have the best record in the Western Conference and don’t lose very often but that does not mean they are a good team to make a basketball bet with. In fact, they aren’t. The Lakers have a losing record this season against the basketball betting line. And it has not mattered whether they are at home or on the road in basketball betting. The Lakers are 11-15-1 vs. the basketball bet odds on the road this season. Los Angeles has the 5th ranked offense in the league and the 8th ranked defense so they are capable of winning any game. Covering the basketball bet number though has been difficult.
Miami has fallen apart recently in basketball betting and is now not even guaranteed to make the playoffs. They are still part of the mix but the team does not have good chemistry and is struggling. They have been nothing special at home either vs. the basketball bet odds and that is a concern since eight of their next nine are at home. “We have some big games coming up at home, and we have to try to take care of them,” said Heat guard Dwyane Wade. The Heat simply don’t have many other reliable scoring options other than Wade and Michael Beasley has really fallen into a slump of late.