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Free NBA Pick: Miami Heat vs LA Lakers

What's killing the Heat is the fact that the Lakers have turned 25 offensive rebounds into 37 second-chance points during the first two games of the series. That alone is way too much to overcome. The Heat just couldn't get a stop defensively or get a rebound and a lot of that had to do with Bam Adebayo being out. I think the Heat gets Bam Adebayo back for this game. But I doubt starting guard Goran Dragic can come back from that fasciatis tear. I personally had the same and couldn't even walk. Even with a cortisone shot he will be ineffective. Miami outscored Los Angeles by 17 points in the eight minutes that the trio of Jimmy Butler, Adebayo and Dragic played together in Game 1 of the Finals before Adebayo and Dragic went down with injuries during that contest and missed Game 2.

Even without Adebayo and Dragic, the Heat turned in its most efficient offensive performance of the playoffs in Friday’s Game 2 loss. Miami scored 114 points on an efficient 50.7 percent shooting from the field and 11-of-27 (40.7 percent) shooting on threes, and also finished 31 of 34 (91.2 percent) from the foul line.

The Miami Heat had their chances to win game two. If Bam plays, that's a major boost to this Heat lineup at both ends of the court. The Heat are 0-2 and this game is a must win to get back in the series. Miami will put forth their best effort, especially on defense and the boards. The Heat are very hungry and will attack the Lakers like a junkyard dog on a XMAS ham. I'll take the 10 points with the Heat here, assuming Bam is in the lineup.
Dennis Stagliano | 4/10/2020


Luka Doncic vs James Harden. A classic matchup and I think neither one will sway the outcome. With a long rest, Kristaps Porzingis has totally recovered and will be the difference in this matchup. Rockets Eric Gordon sprained his ankle in a scrimmage, and word out is that he will not play. Without Gordon and his 14.5 points per game, Houston will not be able to match the Mavs firepower. My NBA pick is DALLAS - 1
Dennis Stagliano | 31/7/2020


The regular NBA season resumes July 30, 2020. The New Orleans Pelicans begin their campaign at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando. New Orleans is tied for ninth in the Western Conference with Portland and Sacramento, 3.5 games behind Memphis. If Zion Williamson are chasing Portland and Sacramento to reach the playoffs. So the Pelicans need to get off fast because there is a lot to play for. Zion Williamson will be back after leaving the Orlando bubble due to a family matter. The Jazz, on the other hand, are locked into a 3-6 seed and it really
Dennis Stagliano | 29/7/2020
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