NBA Betting Preview: Lakers at Heat

Two teams headed in opposite directions meet on Thursday night when the Los Angeles Lakers visit the Miami Heat (7:05 p.m. ET, TNT). The Lakers are red-hot having won eight straight games while the Heat are playing their worst basketball of the season having lost five straight.

Los Angeles is listed as a 2-point road favorite at SBGGlobal.com and the total is set at 188. On the moneyline, the Lakers are -130; the Heat are +110.

The Lakers (46-19 SU, 32-33 ATS) are coming off a 101-87 win in Atlanta on Tuesday night as 4.5-point road favorites. The Lakers have been playing superb defense of late as they held their fifth straight opponent to 87 points or less.

Kobe Bryant had 26 points to lead a Los Angeles team that now looks like the two-time defending champs. The Lakers are now in the top 10 in the league in both points per game and in fewest points allowed.

Thursday’s game might be looked at as a revenge game since the Heat routed the Lakers 96-80 on Christmas Day as 3.5-point road dogs. But no one really seems to be talking about that angle because of how the two teams are playing. The Lakers are rolling while the Heat is coming apart.

The Lakers have not been kind to backers against the Heat – they are 0-5 ATS against Miami since 2008.

Miami has not only lost five in a row straight up; the Heat are currently on a seven-game losing streak against the point spread. And the Heat continue to have trouble against winning teams. In this five-game losing streak they have fallen to New York, Orlando, San Antonio, Chicago and Portland.

Miami has really been poor at home against the number having gone 11-20 ATS.

Here are some key NBA basketball betting for Thursday’s game:

The Lakers are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games. The Lakers are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. the Southeast. The Lakers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games.

The Heat are 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 vs. the Pacific. The Heat are 1-4 ATS in their last five Thursday games. The Heat are 0-5 ATS in their last five home games.

The under is 4-1 in the Lakers’ last five overall. The under is 24-9 in the Lakers’ last 33 vs. the Eastern Conference. The over is 9-1 in Miami’s last 10 vs. the Western Conference.

In this series, the under is 5-1 in the last six meetings in Miami.

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