Miami Heat
1-3
+7
57%
-7
43%
Los Angeles Lakers
3-1
Fri, Oct 9 - 9:00p ET   |   ABC   |   AdventHealth Arena
By Landon Smith

The Lakers want to be crowned, but the Heats won't allow it / NBA Finals Game 5 Tonight

An NBA championship hangs in the balance for the Los Angeles Lakers as they try to put the finishing touches on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the finals on Friday
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Miami Heat vs Los Angeles Lakers Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NBA Finals Game 5 on Friday October 9th, 2020. LAL lead series 3-1.

 

Jimmy Butler Miami Heat
22.1 PTS / 5.7 ASSIST

Jimmy Butler scored 22 points (8-17 FG, 0-3 3PT, 6-7 FT), with 10 rebounds, nine assists, three steals, one block and three turnovers in 43 minutes when the Heat fell to the Lakers 102 - 96 in game 4 and lagged behind in the series, 3-1.

Butler filled out the stat sheet on this one, as he has in every NBA Finals game thus far. He followed up his 40-point triple-double in Game 3, nearly recording another triple-double in Game 4, but only received one assist.

Butler and the Heat will face a difficult climb if they want to win the series, as they will have to win three games in a row, beginning with Game 5 on Friday night.

LeBron James Los Angeles Lakers
8.8 ASSIST / 10.5 RBS

LeBron James scored an efficient 25 points (9-17 FG, 2-4 3PT, 5-6 FT) along with a game-high 13 rebounds, nine assists, one steal, and one turnover across 36 minutes in a 116-98 blowout win against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James was king of the court on Wednesday, falling one assist shy of a triple-double and was the engine of the Lakers offense.

The Heat fell victim to several injuries in Game 1 (Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler) but despite the Lakers good fortune, James looks locked in on his quest for a fourth championship. The Lakers will aim to go up 2-0 in the series on Friday.

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Miami Heat: facts and current form

Professor Spoelstra's box arrives a bit beaten. He has this duel from the emotional point of view, there is no way to equalize the tie at 2 wins per side.

Jimmy Butler had a good performance, there is involved in all aspects of the game (22 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists). However, he couldn't be as aggressive as he was in Game 3 due to Anthony Davis' great mark.

Special mention for the rookie Tyler Herro, who continues to contribute points and intensity every time he plays. From then on, pivot Bam Adebayo has already returned from his injury and contributed 15 points in total.

The Heat will most likely get 24 to 27 units per period and 100 to 110 total.

Los Angeles Lakers: facts and current form

The Los Angeles team arrives motivated and calm was Game 5 of the NBA Finals, after winning the previous one and placing the series 3-1 it was favored. Now he only has to win this match and thus he will shout champion again after a decade without being able to do so.

LeBron James once again had a more than positive statistical sheet, despite some mistakes made throughout the almost 39 'minutes he played.

In the end, he had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists, having to improve a little more when handling the ball.

Anthony Davis had a positive performance in this game, he has contributed a lot in defense by canceling Jimmy Butler in the second half of Game 4. In specific attack 22 points he made an exceptional triple with little to go.

The logic indicates that the Lakers specify between 25 and 28 points per quarter and between 105 and 115 throughout the 48 minutes of play.

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The Pick: Miami Heat to Win @ +7.0

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By Landon Smith, on 9:00p ET