Lakers vs. Heat series odds: Breaking down 2020 NBA Finals series betting lines


Lakers vs. Heat series odds: Breaking down 2020 NBA Finals series betting lines

The Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will meet in the 2020 NBA Finals in the NBA bubble in Orlando, Florida. The series will start on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC. LeBron James opened as the favorite to win NBA MVP. We already went over the odds on DraftKings Sportsbook for the award. So MVP out of the way, let’s set our focus to the series line and possible outcomes. We’ll go over the O/U for games in the series and odds for how the series will finish up.

To win series: Lakers -400, Heat +300

Series Correct Score

Lakers win 4-1: +300
Lakers win 4-2: +300
Lakers win 4-0: +400
Lakers win 4-3: +550
Heat win 4-3: +650
Heat win 4-2: +800
Heat win 4-1: +2500
Heat win 4-0: +10000

Total Games Played

Over 5.5: -150
Under 5.5: +123
Over 6.5: +300
Under 6.5: -400

Game Spread

Heat +1.5: +150
Lakers -1.5: -186
Heat +2.5: -177
Lakers -2.5: +144

As you can see, there’s a lot of value on the Miami side and not so much from the Lakers. The Lakers are heavy favorites pretty much all around, so if you’re thinking this series will be more competitive than the books, getting on the Heat now makes sense. The thought from the oddsmakers is that the Heat will need seven games to defeat the Lakers. This may not be the case considering how well Miami has played this postseason. You could argue the Heat have had a tougher road to the finals facing the Bucks and Celtics. L.A’s toughest competition was the Nuggets and that series ended in five games.

If you think the Lakers will make quick work of the Heat and win the series 4-1, there’s value there in some game lines. Under 5.5 games played in the series is +123 and the Lakers winning the series by 2.5 games is +144. So just a few spots where you can get some juice from the books. My guess is this series goes at least six games, so Lakers or Heat 4-2 would be my first clicks, per-say.

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