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Two things Los Angeles Lakers do well might give the Miami Heat problems

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The Lakers game won’t be the easy win many Heat fans are counting on.

NBA: Miami Heat at Los Angeles Lakers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers could give the Miami Heat more problems than expected in American Airlines Arena on Thursday.

The Lakers come into Miami on a three-game winning streak with NBA-leading numbers in rebounds and are second in 3-point percentage.

Over the previous three games the Lakers lead the NBA in defensive and total rebounds at 43 and 55 per game.

In the same time period they’re second in 3P% at 43%, just behind the Golden State Warriors 45%.

The Heat have more field goal attempts per game 93, compared to the Lakers 91.3, but the Lakers scored on 49.6% of them versus the Heat’s average 45.5%.

The Lakers scored over a 100 points in 15 consecutive games and averaged 120 points in their last three wins over the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, Dallas Mavericks, and Heat fans know what a defensive force the Kings are when Miami couldn’t even score 90 points against them.

In their last game the Lakers had 3 players with double-doubles in points and rebounds, and almost a fourth player.

  • Julius Randle 19-10
  • Brandon Ingram 21-10
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 10-14
  • Kyle Kuzma 10-9

An amazing nine Los Angeles Lakers scored in double figures against the Hawks, i.e. every player with at least 10 minutes of floor time notched 10 points or more.

A third possible area of concern for this game comes from the Heat’s poor performance, 28th in the NBA, dealing with live rebound situations, according to Silver Screen & Roll.

The Heat are 28th in the NBA in opponent’s added points off of live rebounds, and 26th in opponent’s efficiency in the same area, and they are allowing teams to get out and run off misses 29 percent of the time. This could possibly play into the Lakers’ hands, who have the 2nd highest frequency in the entire league in turning a rebound into a transition opportunity. With presumably Ball’s re-entry into the starting lineup, and a minutes increase, one can expect the Lakers take advantage and attempt to get out on the run quite a bit in this one.

The Miami Heat’s starters and talented bench unit could be put to the test against this young, hungry and balanced Lakers team.