Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat Preview

Play time: 7:30 p.m., ET

TV: Bally Sports Sun.

Bet line: heat -8

VITALS: The Heat and Lakers meet for the second and final matchup of this regular season. Previously, Miami won 96-94 in Los Angeles on February 20. With one win, the Heat T will win the season series for the seventh time and for the first time since 2014-15. The heat is 28-37 all-time against the Lakers during the regular season, including 18-14 in home games and 10-23 in street games. … Striker Jimmy Butler has four triple doubles this season, the most lost in a single season in team history … For the heat, KZ Okpala (health protocol) is out protecting Gabe Vincent (knee) and Tyler Herro (feet) are likely. For the Lakers, LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (Achilles) are out.

Projected starting grid:


G Duncan Robinson

G Victor Oladipo

100 Sam Adebayo

F Jimmy Butler

F Trevor Ariza


G Dennis Schroder

G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

C Marc Gasol

F Markief Morris

F Kyle Kuzma


Heat forward Duncan Robinson: “We’re getting more and more comfortable, every game, every training session, every shoot-around,” said Robinson. “In many cases they were thrown into the fire. All the repetitions they give help them. And they slow down when they see it slow down for them and just let them be what really skillful and selfless basketball players are. “

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