The Los Angeles Lakers are hot. The Miami Heat are not. The two teams will meet up in Miami on Thursday, March 10.
Thursday will mark the first contest between the two squads since Christmas Day. On that day, the Heat gave a gift to their fans with a 96-80 thrashing of the Lakers. The Heat were riding high and the Lakers had just lost to the Milwaukee Bucks by 19.
Times have changed.
The Lakers have soared since the All-Star break, and the Heat are having fourth-quarter woes. Both units have a game on Tuesday before the big matchup.
Here are five reasons why the Lakers will turn the tables on the Heat on Thursday, with a score prediction to top it off.