October 11th, 19:30 P.M.
Just a few days ago it seemed like a formality that the Lakers would win this series and Lebron James would capture his fourth NBA Championship. But after a gutsy Heat win in game 5, this is suddenly dangerously close to becoming a real series.
Jimmy Butler was a man on a mission once again in game 5, putting up 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to will this series to another game. Butler also finally got some secondary scoring help; Duncan Robinson scoring 26 points and making some big buckets down the stretch.
Lebron James also looked great in game 5, scoring 40 points and adding 13 rebounds, but all anyone wanted to talk about was him passing to Danny Green in the late moments instead of taking the shot himself. Green was wide-open and it was the right play, but he missed the shot, so it is what it is.
Despite scoring 28 points, Anthony Davis was hobbling around with a bruised heel in game 5 and how that affects him in game 6 will play a large role in determining the winner. Goran Dragic remains sidelined for the Heat, but Bam Adebayo will play.
Okay, let’s pick a winner. From the beginning I thought this series looked like Lakers in 6, but there have been a lot of ups and downs between now and then. I will stick with my original thought process and take the Lakers to win this one, but I’m going to side with the Heat for the spread. They looked like a team possessed down the stretch in game 5, and with momentum strongly behind them, I like the Heat to at least keep this one close.
FREE PICK: BET ON THE HEAT +6