The Los Angeles Lakers will take on the Miami Heat for the NBA Championship. Game 1 begins Wednesday night, 9PM Eastern on ABC.
The Lakers have cruised in the post-season. They defeated the Portland Trailblazers, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets, all in 5 games. Los Angeles did this with their two-man wrecking crew. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are averaging 55.5 points, 19.6 rebounds, 12.5 assists, 2.3 steals, and 2.2 blocks per game. Kyle Kuzma is 3rd on the team scoring 10.5 points per contest.
The Heat have the deepest team in the NBA. Pat Riley has put together a star-studded roster. Miami has 7 players who average more than 10 points a game and their first team all-rookie selection, Kendrick Nunn, has averaged less than 11 minutes per game in the playoffs. Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro are averaging almost 80 points per game. Duncan Robinson and Jae Crowder have provided offensive scoring from behind the three-point line.
The Heat are going to have to try and be as physical as they can and throw a ton of bodies at James. I expect Butler, Crowder, Adebayo, and even Andre Iguodala to pick LeBron up full court and make him work. The Heat will also try to play a lot of zone defense to limit LeBron’s driving to the basket. Miami has a ton of shooters on their roster, but the Lakers faced great shooting teams in the first few rounds. They defeated Portland and Houston who play similar styles. Los Angeles has tremendous length on defense. We could see a lineup of…
LeBron James, 6’9.
Kyle Kuzma. 6’9.
Danny Green, 6’6.
Anthony Davis. 6’11.
Dwight Howard, 6’11.
Their size will cause problems for the Heat.
LeBron is making an appearance in his 10th NBA Finals with 5 different head coaches. Nothing Miami does will confuse James.
If Rajon Rondo can average 12 points and 6 assists per game in this series, the Lakers should win.
Lakers win in 6 games.
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