2020 NBA Finals: Lakers-Heat Game 1 odds, props, analysis
The 2020 NBA Finals have arrived and all the latest Lakers-Heat Game 1 odds, props, and live betting are here at BetRivers.com. With LeBron James going against his former team and making his tenth NBA Finals appearance, there are plenty of storylines for the talking heads to discuss. But you came here to find out about the Game 1 odds, and if Miami’s sizzling play in the bubble will continue.
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Wednesday BetRivers.com Specials
- Over 2.5 double-doubles recorded in Game 1 (+275)
- Tyler Herro o2.5 made 3-point FGs & Rajon Rondo o1.5 steals (+350)
- Alex Caruso o0.5 made 3-point FGs & o9.5 points (+400)
- Anthony Davis, LeBron James & Jimmy Butler score o91.5 total points (+650)
2020 NBA FINALS: LAKERS-HEAT GAME 1 ODDS
- GAME 1: Wednesday, September 30 at 9:10 p.m. on ABC
- MONEYLINE: Lakers -195, Heat +163
- SPREAD: Lakers -4.5 (-112), Heat +4.5 (-109)
- OVER/UNDER: 217.5
- IMPLIED SCORE: Lakers 111.25, Heat 106.25
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Yesterday, we discussed what makes this series, as a whole, so interesting when it comes to the matchups. Before reading the rest of this column, go back and read through that. It sets the table for what I’m going to talk through here and why I like the Heat (+4.5) in this spot.
I expect Frank Vogel to try and start this game playing big. That’s what the Lakers want to do. They want to play LeBron at the three and AD at the four alongside a center, either Javale McGee or, hopefully, Dwight Howard.
And in theory, this does make some sense against Miami. The Heat play small. Using that jumbo lineup will create a scenario where one of Jimmy Butler or Jae Crowder will be forced to guard a Laker big man. This is great for a team that loves to pound the glass.
Lakers-Heat Game 1 Over/Under Rebound Props
- Bam Adebayo, MIA: 10.5 (+115/-139)
- LeBron James, LAL: 9.5 (-107/-114)
- Anthony Davis, LAL: 9.5 (-107/-114)
- Jimmy Butler, MIA: 6.5 (+102/-125)
- Jae Crowder, MIA: 5.5 (+115/-139)
- Kyle Kuzma, LAL: 3.5 (+130/-162)
But it also creates something of a nightmare scenario on the other end of the floor. The Heat run one of my favorite offenses in the NBA. They use Bam as something of a point-center while using him in all kinds of DHOs and ball-screens. Considering the number of shooters that the Heat have on the floor and how good Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro are in those actions, the Heat are near impossible to guard with two big men on the floor.
The Celtics couldn’t deal with it with four guards and Daniel Theis. And now you’re asking Javale McGee or Dwight Howard to deal with Bam while Anthony Davis has to be consciously defending as the third-man? That’s a big ask.
Lakers vs. Heat Game 1 Double-Double Props
- Bam Adebayo: Yes (-129), No (+106)
- Jimmy Butler: Yes (+370). No (-560)
- Anthony Davis: Yes (-106), No (-115)
- LeBron James: Yes (-265), No (+210)
Lakers-Heat Game 1 Triple-Double Props
- LeBron James: Yes (+225), No (-335)
All that said, I think the edge is going to go to Miami here for one, simple reason: Head coach Erik Spoelstra is a brilliant tactician, and Game 1 of a series is where that is the most likely to show up.
So I like the Heat (+4.5), and their Moneyline (+163) might be worth a sprinkle. And if the starting lineups are announced and there is a Laker center in it, the Heat 1Q Moneyline at (+116) will be something that I jump all over.