Things hadn’t started well for the Miami Heat in their matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. After being dominated in Game 1, the Heat were looking to get back into the swing of things in Game 2. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and update on their Finals series matches so you can keep making your bets against their NBA odds.
Rundown of the 2020 NBA Finals So Far
Unfortunately for the Heat, they found out that they would be without two starters, as Goran Dragic tore the fascia in his foot, and Bam Adebayo injured his shoulder.
Although the Heat were missing the duo, they still fought valiantly but were unable to hold off the Lakers. Los Angeles won 124-114 and took a 2-0 series lead.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis showed everyone that they are the best duo in the NBA as James finished with 33 points, nine rebounds, and nine assists, while Davis went 14-of-15 from the field for 32 points. The Lakers shot 51% from the field and overwhelmed the undermanned Heat.
Jimmy Butler did all that he could to keep the Heat in the game, as he scored 25 points with 13 assists and eight rebounds. Kelly Olynyk, who had seen limited minutes throughout the playoffs, came up with 24 huge points.
Tyler Herro, who became the youngest player in league history to start an NBA Finals game, chipped in with 17 points.
With the Lakers holding a 2-0 lead and looking like the dominant team, many were predicting a sweep. With Dragic and Adebayo sitting out again, things weren’t looking good for the Heat.
Butler and the rest of his teammates decided that they weren’t going down without a fight, defeating the Lakers 115-104.
Butler looked like the player that the Heat had given a max contract to in free agency, as he played 45 minutes, scoring 40 points with 10 rebounds and 13 assists for the triple-double. Butler took the game over late, as the Lakers had come back from a 10-point deficit to cut the lead to one with three minutes to play.
The key to the Heat defeating the Lakers was the fact that Miami did a much better job on the glass than it had in the previous two games. The Heat held Davis to just 15 points and didn’t allow him and the other Lakers bigs to dominate the offensive glass.
Now that the Heat have won a game, and chances are good that Bam Adebayo will be back for Game 4, the experts are looking at this series a little differently. We witnessed a driven Butler and a Heat team that was able to solve the strong defense of the Lakers.
If the Heat can continue to keep the Lakers off the glass, they’ll have a shot at the title. Even though James had 25 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists in Game 3, the Heat did a much better job of not letting him get to the paint as easily.
The Heat were the tougher team in Game 3, and they refused to let the Lakers continue to bully them around like they had in Games 1 and 2.
If Adebayo returns, we could have ourselves quite the series. If Butler and company continue to play inspired basketball, and they can be strong on the glass, this one could go further than many had predicted.