Heat vs. Lakers NBA expert prediction and odds for Wednesday, Jan. 3 (Bet on LA?)

Betting odds, pick and prediction for the Los Angeles Lakers' matchup with the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James. / Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the better home teams in the NBA this season (11-4 straight up), and they look to keep that going in a 2020 NBA Finals rematch against the Miami Heat on Wednesday. 

Miami is down Jimmy Butler and Haywood Highsmith for this game, and wing Caleb Martin is listed as doubtful. That could be problematic for the team when it comes to defending LeBron James, and the Heat lost badly to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. 

The Lakers won’t have Rui Hachimura and likely D’Angelo Russell (doubtful), which means James, Austin Reaves and Anthony Davis will have to lead the way for L.A.

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Let’s break down the latest odds and a best bet for this matchup on Wednesday night. 

Heat vs. Lakers odds, spread and total

Heat vs. Lakers how to watch

  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 3
  • Game Time: 10:00 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Crypto.com Arena
  • How to Watch (TV): ESPN
  • Heat Record: 19-14
  • Lakers Record: 17-17

Heat vs. Lakers injury reports

Heat injury report

  • Jimmy Butler – out
  • Haywood Highsmith – out
  • Caleb Martin – doubtful
  • Josh Richardson – questionable
  • Dru Smith – out

Lakers injury report

  • Anthony Davis – probable
  • Rui Hachimuar – out
  • LeBron James – questionable
  • Cam Reddish – probable
  • Gabe Vincent – out
  • D’Angelo Russell – doubtful

Heat vs. Lakers key players to watch

Miami Heat

Tyler Herro: With Butler out, Herro is going to be relied on heavily to score the ball for Miami tonight. Since returning from an ankle injury, Herro is averaging 24.0 points per game and shooting 43.9 percent from 3 over his last seven games. 

Los Angeles Lakers

Anthony Davis: This is a tough matchup for AD against Bam Adebayo – one of the best defensive centers in the game. Still, Davis has been a menace this season, averaging 25.0 points and 12.3 rebounds. He’s also a DPOY candidate – blocking 2.6 shots per game. 

Heat vs. Lakers prediction and pick

Miami is just a 5.5-point underdog in this game, but I have a hard time taking the team with so many wings – including Butler – out of the lineup. 

The Heat lost by 17 to the Clippers on Monday, and now they have to face a team that is big and wing dominant in the Lakers. 

Los Angeles is 6-6 ATS as a home favorite this season, and the team has fared well at home overall. 

The Heat have been about a .500 team without Butler the last two seasons, but I think this is a lot of ask of Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo on Wednesday. 

I’ll lean with the Lakers to win and cover tonight. 

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.

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