3 keys to beating the Miami Heat in Game 26

Tanya Simon
December 14, 2019

In a game that lived up to the billing, the Los Angeles Lakers held off the Miami Heat, 113-110, to improve to 23-3 on the season. They're flawless at home (11-0), but will suffer their first home loss of the season.

In what should prove to be a fun and exciting matchup, as well as a return for LeBron James to the place where he won two National Basketball Association championships, here are the three keys to victory for the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James and Anthony Davis key the Lakers in sporting a 22-3 record, while Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are performing at an All-Star level for the Heat.

Kuzma has done a solid job coming off the bench for the Lakers this season but hasn't had some of the huge scoring games he had last season. Las Angeles shoots just under 50 percent from the field, shooting 48.7 percent and rebound 45.4 boards a game. Butler and the Heat are undefeated at home and have the second-best record in the East.

The Heat also were without starting forward Justise Winslow (back) and backup point guard Goran Dragic (groin). Yet the Heat haven't missed a beat, winning seven of their last ten games.

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The Lakers are 2-0 on their current trip, which will take them to Atlanta, Indiana and Milwaukee. While Los Angeles doesn't get to the free throw line at a tremendous rate, the team creates quality attempts with regularity and the Lakers also present a top-10 unit in offensive rebounding that helps to create additional opportunities.

The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games against an opponent in the Western conference. Heat fans will surely want this one and will bring the energy.

A team that just doesn't lose on the road traveled to face a team that just doesn't lose at home.

This is by far the biggest reason why the rumours will continue to swirl around the Heat as potential players in the trade market.

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