Game 6 of the NBA Finals is set for Sunday night, and it will be the second straight possible elimination game for the Miami Heat. The Los Angeles Lakers enter with a 3-2 series lead and remain one win away from the championship.
Los Angeles had a chance to close out the series Friday night, but the Heat came away with a 111-108 victory. The Lakers had taken a 2-0 series lead, but the Heat have won two of the last three games.
Miami entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, but this team has been pulling huge upsets. The Heat remain big underdogs but they are two wins away — still a longshot — from completing a stunning championship run.
BetUS has the Los Angeles Lakers as five-point favorites.
Butler Doing It All For Miami
Jimmy Butler is in his first season with the Miami Heat, but he has already entered legend status for that franchise. Butler played more than 47 minutes in the Game 5 victory and seemingly willed his team to victory.
The All-Star forward had 35 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists and continued to make all of the big shots. Butler will need some help but he has proven that he can win this game on his own.
Guard Goran Dragic remains a game-time decision and his continued absence has been a huge blow for the Heat. Dragic was averaging more than 20 points per game in these playoffs, and it takes away some of the depth for Miami.
Guard Duncan Robinson has stepped up for the Heat, and he poured in 26 points in Game 5. The Heat don’t have a ton of superstars but they have proven that they have enough talent to beat the mighty Lakers.
Lakers Must Make Shots
If the Lakers are going to close this series out, they are going to need to shoot the ball much better from deep. The Lakers made 14 3-point shots in the Game 5 loss, but they continued to miss open jumpers in crunch time.
Bench scoring has also been an issue throughout the postseason run, and it combined for just 14 points in the loss. Forward Kyle Kuzma is one of the reserves that has struggled but he is capable of turning things around in a hurry.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis continue to do it all and the dynamic duo combined for 68 points in the loss. James put up 40 points, and it appears that he is ready to do whatever it takes to close out this series.
Los Angeles Celebrates
The Lakers missed a golden opportunity to end the series but will get another shot. Los Angeles played well enough to win but couldn’t make enough shots.
Butler did a little bit of everything for the Heat but fatigue will have to set in at some point. The Heat are playing through plenty of adversity, and that will catch up to them.
The Lakers are the better team and they will be celebrating by the end of the night.