The Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers have both been dominant throughout the postseason, and they will go head to head for a chance at an NBA championship. This finals matchup is quite surprising. The Lakers have been favorites throughout the year, but the fifth seed Heat have really came out of nowhere. This finals series marks the first time in NBA history that two teams who didn’t make the playoffs in the previous season will face each other in the NBA Finals.
While the Heat have been a surprise, they are certainly not a pushover for the Lakers. This Heat roster is very deep, and everyone plays their role perfectly. Propelled by great play all around, the Heat swept the Pacers in the first round, beat the first seed Bucks in five games in the second round, and beat the third seed Celtics in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. Jimmy Butler has been a great closer and leader for the Heat throughout their playoff run. Although Jimmy is the Heats star player, he is not the only all-star on their roster. Breakout third-year star, Bam Adebayo, was an all-star this year, and he has been playing like it throughout the postseason. Bam has had some huge moments thus far, including a game-winning block on Jayson Tatum, and a career-high 32 points in the closeout game against the Celtics.
Alongside the two all-stars, the Heat have some great role players such as Goran Dragić, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Jae Crowder, and former finals MVP, Andre Iguodala. This Heat team has a bunch of fighters, and they are not satisfied with just a finals berth.
The Lakers, on the other hand, are quite different than the Heat. They have a two-headed monster in LeBron James and Anthony Davis that have led them throughout the postseason. James and Davis are the two best players in this series by a long shot. The phenomenal duo led the Lakers past the Trailblazers in the first round, the Rockets in the second round, and the Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals, winning every series in five games. Both players have had big moments, such as Anthony Davis’ game-winning three while down one against the Nuggets, and LeBron James’ triple-double in the closeout game against the Nuggets.
After their dynamic duo, the Lakers don’t have much depth. They do have some solid role players such as Rajon Rondo, Kyle Kuzma, Dwight Howard, Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Alex Caruso. Their depth is nowhere near that of the Heat, but it is decent.
Although the Heat are deeper than the Lakers, I think that the Lakers star power will be too much for the Heat to handle. I think this series will be competitive, but I predict the Lakers will be victorious, beating the Heat in six games. Miami has had a great run, and there should be no shame in losing to a LeBron James led team in the NBA Finals. This championship will be one the of the most meaningful championships for the Lakers, due to the loss of the great Kobe Bryant earlier this year. The Lakers will tie up the Celtics with 17 NBA championships and will come out on top in probably the craziest NBA season of all time.