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NBA Finals 2020: Lakers Vs Heat Key Players, Storylines And Prediction

The last time the Heat were in the finals, James was a part of the Heat roster. The Lakers, however, were led by late NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who won them their 16th NBA title. If the Lakers bag this title, they will be tied with the Boston Celtics for the most number of titles won by a franchise. The Heat, who are the first No. 5 seed to reach the finals since the 1983-84 season, will become the sixth team to win four or more NBA titles if they manage to come out on top. Interestingly, both the Heat and the Lakers finished 10th in their respective conferences last year, not qualifying for the playoffs. 

This is also the first time the two teams will clash in an NBA Final. LeBron James has become the first NBA player to play a final for three different teams in what will also be his tenth NBA finals appearance. Currently, only NBA greats Bill Russell (12), Same Jones (11) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have played 10 or more NBA Finals. The Heat will look to win their fourth title, two of which were won while James was in Miami.

Lakers vs Heat regular season

  • November 8, 2019 (November 9 IST): Lakers 95, Heat 80
  • December 13, 2019 (December 14 IST): Lakers 113, Heat 110

NBA Finals 2020 Lakers vs Heat prediction

Anthony Davis has been exceptional this postseason, averaging 28.8 points and 9.3 assists per game. He is also the only player who averaged more than 30 during the conference finals against Denver. LeBron James follows with 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and 8.9 assists. The three-time NBA champion is leading the playoffs with 11 double-doubles and four triple-doubles, becoming one of only five players to have scored 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in the playoffs. 

Davis (78.8%) and James (75.7%) also rank first and second respectively in restricted-area field goal percentage. Kyle Kuzma ranks sixth. The team is also leading the postseason with 15 deflections per game and 5.7 blocks per game. 

Bam Adebayo, expected to go head to head with fellow University of Kentucky alum Davis, accounts for 35.3% of his team's rebounds while on the court. Goran Dragic is averaging a team-high 20.9 points in the playoffs, followed by Jimmy Butler with 20.7 per game. Rookie Tyler Herro, who was pivotal in their victory against the Celtics, is shooting 25-for-42 (59.5%) from mid-range, better than both Dragic (31.6%) and Butler (35.9%). 

Lakers vs Heat prediction: Lakers will secure an early Game 1 lead, winning the game by a narrow margin

Los Angeles Lakers(1) vs. Miami Heat(5)

NBA Finals
Best-of-seven; * If necessary

Wednesday, Sept. 30
Game 1: Heat at Lakers, 7 p.m. (ABC)/(TSN)

Friday, Oct. 2
Game 2: Heat at Lakers, 7 p.m. (ABC)/(SPORTSNET)

Sunday, Oct. 4
Game 3: Lakers at Heat, 5:30 p.m. (ABC)/(SPORTSNET

Tuesday, Oct. 6
Game 4: Lakers at Heat, 7 p.m. (ABC)/(TSN)

Sunday, Oct. 9
Game 5*: Heat at Lakers, 7 p.m. (ABC)/(TSN)

Sunday, Oct. 11
Game 6*: Lakers at Heat, 5:30 p.m. (ABC)/(TSN)

Sunday, Oct. 13
Game 7*: Heat at Lakers, 7 p.m. (ABC)*/(TSN)

This article was written by Devika Pawar on September 30, 2020. The article can be found through this link: https://www.republicworld.com/sports-news/basketball-news/nba-finals-2020-lakers-vs-heat-key-players-storylines-and-prediction.html

WNBA playoffs 2020: Schedule, how to watch, key storylines

The Seattle Storm and the Las Vegas Aces will face off in the WNBA Finals.

No. 2 seed Seattle swept the fourth-seeded Minnesota Lynx in the semifinals to earn its fourth WNBA Finals appearance. On the other side of the bracket, Las Vegas overcame a 2-1 series deficit to get past the seventh-seeded Connecticut Sun. In Game 5, the Aces rallied from 16 points down and held the Sun to 18 second-half points.

The Storm are 3-0 in the WNBA Finals and have won eight of nine games in the championship series. Las Vegas is making the franchise's second trip to the Finals and is looking for its first title. The franchise dates to the launch of the WNBA in 1997 but is now in its third city. Then known as the San Antonio Silver Stars, the franchise lost to Detroit -- then led by current Las Vegas coach Bill Laimbeer -- in the 2008 WNBA Finals.

The Nos. 1 and 2 seeds have advanced to the WNBA Finals in four of the five seasons under the current playoff format (since 2016).

Teams played an abbreviated 22-game schedule this season in a bubble in Bradenton, Florida, but the playoffs follow the traditional format: single elimination for the first two rounds, then best-of-five series for the semifinals and WNBA Finals, which open Friday.

Las Vegas Aces(1) vs. Seattle Storm(2)

WNBA Finals
Best-of-five; * If necessary

Friday, Oct. 2
Game 1: Seattle at Las Vegas, 5 p.m. (TSN)

Sunday, Oct. 4
Game 2: Seattle at Las Vegas, 1 p.m. (ABC)

Tuesday, Oct. 6
Game 3: Las Vegas at Seattle, 5 p.m. (TSN)

Thursday, Oct. 8
Game 4*: Las Vegas at Seattle, 5 p.m. (TSN)

Sunday, Oct. 11
Game 5*: Seattle at Las Vegas, 1 p.m. (ABC)

 This article was written by ESPN.com on September 30, 2020. The article can be found through this link: https://www.espn.com/wnba/story/_/id/29879436/wnba-playoffs-2020-schedule-how-watch-key-storylines

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