Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers Matchup Preview (11/10/2021)
By Max Heering
The 7-3 Miami Heat will be facing the 6-5 Lakers in Los Angeles tonight. The Heat are coming off a dramatic 113-96 loss to the Denver Nuggets. The Heat’s Markieff Morris and Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic were suspended in the final minutes of that game after they exchanged blows. Jimmy Butler was by far the most productive player on the Heat in their last game. He finished with 31 points, eight assists, and five rebounds. Bam Adebayo also contributed with a 10 point, ten rebound double-double. The Heat were outrebounded in that game, and, as a result, put up 13 fewer shots.
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The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled without Lebron James. Their scoring has taken a dip without the presence of “The King”. They beat the Charlotte Hornets 126-123 in overtime in their last game. Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, and Carmelo Anthony had big games and propelled the Lakers to the win. Anthony Davis led the Lakers in scoring with 32 points, but Russell Westbrook was more impactful. He had a 17 point, 14 assists, 12 rebound triple-double.
Heat vs. Lakers Prediction
The Heat are playing with an almost healthy roster. Victor Oladipo is injured, but all of the Heat’s other big pieces are healthy. The Lakers, on the other hand, are playing without Talen Horton-Tucker, Kendrick Nunn, Trevor Ariza, and Lebron James. Lebron James has proven year after year that he is the x-factor on every team he plays on. When the x-factor is injured, everything is up in the air. Victories against bad teams are not so locked. Victories against good teams, like the Heat, are really hard to come by.
It helps that the Lakers are playing at home, but it will not be enough. The Heat will win this game handily.