Los Angeles Lakers @ Miami Heat: Lakers can move within one of the championship

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Anthony Davis has been excellent throughout the playoffs

Bam Adebayo could return for Miami but it is not enough to save the series as the Lakers look to move within one of the title, says Dave Gray...

"There comes a point when no matter how good your game plan might be, talent wins out and right now the Heat do not have the talent to compete with their opposition."

Miami Heat @ Los Angeles Lakers
Saturday, 02:00 BST
Live on Sky Sports Arena

Lakers have too much talent

Unfortunately for Miami, game two went exactly as expected. LeBron James bulldozed their mismatched defence and got to the basket at will and Anthony Davis was as good as he has been all season long for the Lakers. He seems to quietly put up 30+ every time he plays and while he may not end up getting finals MVP, he has been excellent for the Los Angeles and takes that pressure off of LeBron to perform every night.

As mentioned in the game two preview, Erik Spoelstra is an excellent coach and of course knows James very well from his time in Miami, but there comes a point when no matter how good your game plan might be, talent wins out and right now the Heat do not have the talent to compete with their opposition.

Even Adebayo can't save Miami

Bam Adebayo could return and that will be a huge boost for Miami, but whether he will be at 100% is another question and he may need to be to stop the Lakers. He is so key in matching up with LeBron and Davis and he will at least give hope to the Heat in game three. If Goran Dragic could also make it back then I might give them a chance here, but he is doubtful for the game and just leaves them a little short.

For Miami to win they will need to shoot lights out and while we have seen they are very capable of doing so, they need to play a perfect game to even give themselves a chance.

The picks

The Lakers feel like they are still in second gear so far and if the Heat step things up, they could have another level or two they could go to. This one is absolutely must win for Miami and that can sometimes spark something, but it could also tighten up their young stars. If they fall to 3-0 down it may be all over - if it isn't already - but it is hard to see the route to a Heat win without something drastic happening. Back the Lakers to win here and move within one game of the Championship.

Dave Gray's Regular Season NBA 2019/20 P/L

Staked: 201
Returns: 200.64
P/L: -0.36

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