Pro Basketball Picks: Los Angeles Lakers vs. Miami Heat

Los Angeles Lakers at Miami Heat
Sunday, 2/10/13, 3:30 PM EST, TV:  ABC
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LeBron James is 12-7 SU in his career against the Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles will close out its seven-game Grammy road trip Sunday, as it comes off a 100-93 come-from-behind victory over the Charlotte Bobcats as 6.5-point favorites, while going UNDER the total for the third time in four contests.  “We have to play the right way,” commented Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.  He enters this affair as the league’s third-leading scorer, averaging 27.4 points per game.  The franchise is 9-17 overall on the road this season, which includes an even 5-5 mark versus Eastern Conference foes.    Los Angeles is 18-13 ATS in February the last two-plus seasons, something to consider when looking over the NBA betting lines.

The Lakers are 4-6 in their last 10 meetings with the Heat, as they dropped a 99-90 decision as three-point home favorites on Jan. 17, while going UNDER the posted total of 206.5.  Bryant finished with 22 points in that affair, but was 8 of 25 from the floor, with the team committing 20 turnovers.

Miami has won four games in a row, including a 111-89 blowout victory over the Los Angeles Clippers as 3.5-point home favorites Friday, while going OVER the total for a second consecutive contest.  The Heat have been led by forward LeBron James during their current winning streak, as he’s averaged 30.8 points on 72.9 percent shooting.  “He’s the best player in the game,” commented Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.  The franchise is 21-3 overall at AmericanAirlines Arena, including a 10-1 mark versus Western Conference opponents.  Miami is 6-2 ATS versus Pacific Division foes, which is important to consider when making your pro basketball picks.

The Heat have currently won four-straight home games against the Lakers, which happens to be their longest such streak in franchise history.  James scored a game-high 39 points on 17 of 25 shooting in the first meeting, while shooting guard Dwyane Wade added 27.  Miami’s .806 home winning percentage at this facility since 2010-11 is the second-best mark in the league over that span.

Sports bettors will likely play the total in this affair, as the OVER is 11-3 in the Lakers last 14 road games versus a team with a winning home record.

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