We have expert betting predictions for Game 5 of the NBA Finals between Miami Heat and LA Lakers.
The Lakers took a commanding 3-1 lead on Wednesday but the series is far from over. Miami have shown an ability to come back this year and it could be on the cards again.
We look at the form of both teams and provide punters with our best value bets.
NBA Finals Game 5 Betting Tips
Miami Heat vs. LA Lakers Game 5
The Lakers took charge in the final quarter of Game 4 to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.
The 102-96 victory wasn’t easy for the Western Conference champions, but the defense stepped up late to force Miami into some bad plays.
LeBron James had a big game and although his numbers weren’t off the charts, he had an impact on the defensive end. James forced the likes of Jimmy Butler to pass the ball, which forced Butler to become passive in the second half.
The Miami Heat were relying on Butler to give them another 40-point performance, but the All Star went missing when it mattered.
He has been playing increased minutes in the playoffs, so it’s not all his fault. However, if Miami are to have any chance of coming back from 1-3 down, they need Butler at his best.
Miami’s offensive in Game 4 came from Tyler Herro, who was putting up some good and some bad shots. He made a late three to give Heat +7.5 backers the backdoor win, but we weren’t complaining about that.
The likes of Jae Crowder and Duncan Robinson will also need to make their threes, after they had a couple of rough games in this series.
The Heat are once again +7.5 underdogs for this game and most of the early money has come their way. They are $3.57 to win the game, but they are fighters and they should be able to keep the game close throughout.
Bam Adebayo will be better having played in Game 4 and we’re expecting more impact from captain Jimmy Butler.
Take the Heat +7.5 for the second consecutive game, because there isn’t much difference between these teams. It could come down to the final two minutes, as it did earlier this week.
Tip: Miami Heat +7.5
Miami Heat vs. LA Lakers Game 5 exotic betting tips
Punters have been loving the exotic betting options during the NBA Finals and we have some more lined up.
The total points market is a favourite of ours and we are predicting a low-scoring game on Saturday. Defense will win this series and we are expecting both teams to come out with a defensive mindset.
It is currently set at 216.5, which continues the trend of the playoffs. We can see a 105-103 game on Saturday, so take the Under 216.5 @ $1.90.
Another exotic option we like is for either Jimmy Butler or LeBron James to have a triple double. They are not easy to come by, but in a do-or-die situation, both players could step up to the mark.
The option pays $2.20 with bookmakers and you only need one of the two players to record a triple double to cash.
The Big Win Little Win market provides punters with a chance to bet on multiple options to secure a profit. The opportunity presents itself this week as we like Miami 1-10 and Lakers 1-10.
The Heat to win 1-10 pays $4.20 and the Lakers are paying $2.79. Backing both options is a way to make a profit, providing it’s a close game.
Punters shouldn’t be disappointed with backing both options, as a close game is likely.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.