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    LA Lakers versus Miami Heat Pick Prediction NBA Pro Basketball Odds Preview 1-17-2013


    by tonytssportsbets

    The 25-12 Miami Heat will conclude their long road trip as they face the LA Lakers in an NBA pro basketball game on Thursday night. Tip off time from Staples Center in Los Angeles is scheduled for 10:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by TNT.

    The betting odds from this NBA game has the home team LA Lakers favored by -2 ½ points with an over under line of 206 points. When the odds from this pro basketball game came out a few hours ago it was LA favored by -2 ½ points with an over under of 207 points. There has been a full point move on under the total.

    The teams met twice last season during the lockout year with each team winning and covering the point spread on their home court. Trend: The under is 4-0 in their past four head to head meetings.

    The Heat is 9-9 on the road this season. They bounced back from their loss at Utah with the 92-75 road win last night against the Golden St Warriors as a -4 point betting favorite. The game went under 200 points. Miami brought the defense in their win as they limit the Warriors to just 36.2% from the field. The Heat also caught a break as the Golden St leading scorer Stephen Curry missed the game. Lebron James had 25 points and ten assists in the win and missed a triple double by three rebounds. Miami is the top field goal shooting team in the NBA as they average just under 49% shooting. Their defense has been inconsistent at times this regular season which seems to happen to most former World Champions. Regular season games just don’t seem as important these days for Miami.

    The Lakers are 12-9 on their home court. After a six game losing streak the Lakers have won two straight games. They come off the 104-88 home win on Tuesday night to the Milwaukee Bucks as a -6 point betting favorite. The game landed under 212 points. LA held Milwaukee to just 35.8% shooting as the Bucks have the most inefficient guard tandem in the league in Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis who lead their team in scoring while shooting 40% from the field. The Lakers hit on 50% from the field and were led by Dwight Howard with 31 points and 16 rebounds as the big man made 14 of 18 shots. Pau Gasol is expected to return to action after missing three games with a concussion. LA allows 101 points a game this season ranking 26th in the NBA. They have allowed their past two opponents well below the century mark. But that was Milwaukee and Cleveland defending Miami is a whole different level of defense.