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Expectations for Game 5: Is It all over for Miami?

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For the first time in a decade, the Los Angeles Lakers are one win away from hoisting their 17th Championship banner. A season dedicated to NBA legend and Laker legend, Kobe Bryant, only seems fitting to end the season with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Though Game 5 won’t be an easy closeout game as the Miami Heat have done a good job adapting to this Lakers team after suffering a brutal game one beatdown. Riding the wave of superstar Jimmy Butler and rookie Tyler Herro, this Heat team has been able to fight. The loss of Goran Dragic was key as the Heat have struggled to get any consistent production out of Kendrick Nunn, who the Heat needed to step up in his absence. If Nunn could get back to early season form, you could see a much closer game 5 than anticipated.

Now while Nunn stepping up is key for the Heat, getting better production out of Bam Adebayo will be another key for this Heat team. 6 of 8 shooting last game was huge, but four fouls and two of them coming in the first quarter simply can’t happen from the big man. Another key for this Heat team is to keep the Lakers from playing fast and force them to set up in their half-court offense. While they’re still productive in the half-court, stopping LeBron James and Anthony Davis in the open floor is…well, good luck.

But forcing the Lakers to set up in their half-court offense, especially when the Heat transition to zone, is key for the Heat if they play it right. Forcing the Lakers to shoot more threes rather than attacking the basket will definitely benefit the Heat as the Lakers have shooters, but they’re very streaky at times.

So without further ado, the picks I’ll be making for the remainder of this series and game 5 tomorrow are:
Miami Heat +7.5
Miami Heat Total Points over 104.5
Heat/Lakers over 26 three-pointers
Lakers to win in six games (+150)

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