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Betting On Heat Lakers – Miami Shines In Tinsel Town

Posted by Craig Parsons on 2/10/2014 4:30:02 AM

After coming up just short in their first season after assembling the Big Three of Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, the Miami Heat headed in to this year with a renewed focus and determination, with the ultimate goal to bring a championship to South Beach. With 11 wins in 13 games through the month of February, including 10 by at least double-digit margins, the Heat reiterated their dominance at the top of the NBA pyramid, and continued to show improvement from an overall team point of view. Next on the list of opponents for Miami to prove itself against during the regular season is Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers, in a sports betting showdown symbolic of the past and future colliding.

Miami Heat @ Los Angeles Lakers
Sunday March 1, 2012 – 10:30 PM ET
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Sportsbook Pick: Miami Heat

The expectations for the Heat this season are the same as what was on the Lakers for most of the past 10 years, a span over which the team brought home NBA titles. However, after failing to reach the NBA finals for the first time in four years last season, Los Angeles has continued to trend in the wrong direction.

NBA Betting Preview: Miami Heat

Everything about the makeup of the Heat points to a continued improvement this season, as they continue to establish themselves as one of the top contenders in the association. While he will still have to prove himself in the playoffs to quiet his critics, Lebron has to be recognized for the MVP numbers he has put up to this point in the season. James is averaging 27.4 points, 6.8 assists, and 1.8 steals this season, all team-high’s. With Chris Bosh continuing to adapt to his role down low, and Dwayne Wade finally getting healthy again, Miami is firing on all cylinders right now.

NBA Betting Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

While the Heat have continued to improve, the Lakers continue to trend in the opposite direction, as the team’s veteran core has not been able to keep up with the fast pace of this year’s regular season schedule. Bryant is still averaging over 28 points a game and 4.9 assists, but his shooting percentages are down, and it didn’t help that Wade broke his nose on a foul in the NBA All Star game. The biggest asset that Los Angeles has is its size down low, but until they mix in more looks with both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol down low they will continue to struggle with consistency.

NBA Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick

Despite their age, the Lakers still have the size and skill to dominate as a team, only their current system will not allow them to reach their potential. Miami is firing on all cylinders with a focused and determined core led by Lebron, and coming out on top as the sports bet favorites in this contest will mean much more to them than it would Los Angeles at this point.

NBA Betting Pick: Miami Heat

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